It can be a daunting task to tackle your resume. In fact, many people spend day after day telling people they need to update their resume while never even touching it. Why the sudden writer’s block’. Well, first of all most people do have a difficult time writing about themselves and sharing their strengths and wins. Most likely this developed in our childhood (or so a Freudian therapist might espouse) when we were told not to brag about ourselves, to be modest and humble. All those things that our parents believed were good virtues. But, in the job market amongst thousands of competitors within every given job field — the humble stance just doesn’t cut it. Job search is a tough venue and as my Mother used to say when the going gets tough, the tough get going’.
So, you must prepare and prepare well. You can no longer develop a one size fits all’ resume and blast it out into the universe (well you can, but your results will be dismal at best and why waste your time?) A resume must be targeted, representing your valuable skills and accomplishments in a way that speaks to the employer’s needs. Not an easy task. Resumes are no longer all about you and what makes you great. The resume recipe has a different mix in the current job market.
So, if you are one of the people who has your resume in the forefront of your mind yet keeps it on the back burner because your stuck in the how to’ mire, you’re in luck. Fortunately, there are many experts who are willing to give you their 2-cents on resumes. A good resource for you to check into is a book called Resume Magic, by Susan Britton Whitcomb. This is a excellent book full of tips on how to write your resume, what the layout should look like and how to capture the readers attention, plus much, much more. I highly recommend this book (as well as Cover Letter Magic by Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark).
Good luck and don’t feel like you need to go it alone. There really is plenty of help out there for you, just go for it!