Resumes and comfortable jumpers……

I had a request last week for a brief resume. It had been a few months since I had revised it, and updating it made me think; “who’s this for?”

As I looked at it, I asked myself how much on it was what I wanted to say – a written ego trip – versus what the person receiving it really wanted to know.

Most resumes I see sit bang in the middle of the distribution curve. Well polished averageness, not a flaw in sight. Designed for the job spec. They say little about the real person.

Whatever your qualifications, there is somebody better qualified, but no-one else quite like you.

I think a great resume leaves an important unanswered question in the reader’s mind. None of us are a specification – we are works in progress, and the entire point of a resume, as with any marketing material is to trigger a conversation.

Our resumes are a signature of who we are, and who we are becoming. It will be different tomorrow.

For me, the end result was a third of the length of the previous version. An experiment in a way, and one which felt right. A comfortable jumper, not an expensive suit. Something I’m very happy to wear.

And…..the conversation has been started, so now the authenticity of my resume, the readability of my signature, will be tested. I’m OK with that.

So, what’s the gap between your resume, and the person who turns up for the conversation? (hint; I’ll bet you are far more interesting than your resume) Take a risk. say who you are, not who you think you should be.

Because you’re worth it……. 🙂

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