There is a correlation between a Resume and a Dating Profile. I often hear my friends say, “I can’t find a decent date. I’m on all the dating sites and everyone that contacts me is just a loser.” I immediately ask to see a copy of their resume and their dating profile. We don’t usually think of them as the same thing, but they are very much the same. A resume and a dating profile are, in reality, advertising copy for YOU. They state if you buy this product/date this person you will get these specific, direct benefits. It presents you in the best light and highlights your abilities. It convinces the employer/potential date that you have what it takes to be successful in this new career/relationship.
In writing your resume, think about what you bring to the table. Use descriptive words to highlight your best features and talents; these are different for everyone. Use words that will paint you in a favorable light. You need to think, “How can I present myself in order to find the perfect job? What do I have to offer to make the right person contact me?”
A resume is not your life history, a bitch session, or some sort of self-expression to air your dirty laundry. You DO make assertions about your abilities, qualities and achievements. You write powerful, but honest advertising copy that makes the reader immediately perk up and realize that you are someone special.
But writing the resume is only slightly above getting a root canal in the hierarchy of worldly delights. Most people write a resume because they need to get a job so they are probably down and out already. They write their resume grudgingly, only because they have too…and it shows!
If you realize that a great resume can be your ticket to getting exactly the job you want, you should be able to muster some genuine enthusiasm for creating a real masterpiece, rather than the feeble products most people turn out that are dismal and down trodden. You are better than that, so let it show!