Creating a resume can increase your confidence in your job search when you focus on the process instead of the end product. I know that sounds counter-intuitive, but here’s why.

I am romantic about resumes. Resumes are the most important content piece and business document that we can create.  But, it’s not the resume as the end product, it is the resume as a process. Many people want to see samples of a great resume, but it only tells half the story. The beauty in the work is the actual creation process.

Many people tasked with updating their resumes, search for:

  • the right font
  • the preferred format
  • keywords
  • what does a modern resume look like?”

You could have the most perfect looking resume, and still not land a job. Your resume could be a sample in a multitude of resume books and still not do its work.

The real work of the resume is using the creation and reflection process to help you figure out your skills and career direction. Once you have that, you can tidy it up in any format you like and it can start to work.

The importance of a creating a resume is not perfection. It’s direction.

 

How do you know this to be true?

I know this to be true because many of my clients come to me after they worked with another resume writer and they say things like:

  • It doesn’t sound like me
  • I don’t think it is right
  • I don’t know what to do with this
  • It doesn’t tell a story. It is flat. I am interesting and this doesn’t show it.

They focused and have a sweet end product (a completed resume), but they are no further ahead. Companies hire people, they don’t hire pieces of paper. So a resume is a beautiful workhorse that gets people to call you, but you need to show up as you. You need to sell your skills, give solid examples of your work, know your worth, and where you are going. If you don’t do this work in advance, it is hard to fake or master during an interview.

What’s the process?

The process helps you to see what you have accomplished, how you did it, and what makes you different. The place to start, and I say this to everyone, is your stories. Identify moments in your career where you made a difference, when you helped someone, how you did it, how you improved systems or fix problems.

Then look at all those stories and identify which are your most favorite and stick those into your resume. You can turn them into accomplishment statements, here is a video to show you how. 

Then use those skills and stories as the basis for your job search.

How does this increase my confidence?

It increases your confidence, or the appearance of confidence because you now know the value and skills you bring to the table. You aren’t writing the resume trying to be perfect, or sound different, it sounds like you and your awesomeness.

It sounds human.

It sounds like someone who knows what they’re about and what they can do for others.

That sounds like confidence to me.