I held off on buying an iPad.

I couldn't see the point - it seemed like a big iPhone that wasn't a phone.

But I broke down and got one early this year. I'm studying Chinese, and there's an incredible app - Skritter - for learning Chinese characters. And using Skritter on the iPhone was killing my eyes.

Now?

I can't be more than a few feet from my iPad without getting the shakes.

BYOD makes great sense. Building your own IT Resume? Not so much.

That's why BYOD is constantly in the news.

People like the comfort of their own devices. Like being able to access both personal and business data without switching phones or tablets. Like to have their home screens and apps arranged as their used to - to speed up productivity.

All great reasons.And they're similar to why BYOR (Build Your Own Resume) is popular.

People often think that that, after all, they know their careers best. Job seekers - especially in IT - like to be in control of processes. And job seekers - especially in IT - are really smart people, who can't see spending money on something that they think they can do (nearly) as well themselves.

BYOD has challenges. Security. Consistency. Control.BYOR has far greater challenges. I'd like to take just a minute to outline 3 strong reasons that building your own resume may be a (potentially serious) strategic career mistake.

  1. Decent just isn't good enough. Yes, I make that point frequently on this website. That's because it's a really important point. A decent resume isn't going to make you stand out from the thundering herd applying for every IT job - from developer to CIO. You need exceptional to get noticed. And the odds are that, unless you've been doing this as long as I have, you may not be able to do exceptional.
  2. You're busy. Writing an incredible IT resume takes time. Much more time than people may initial think. And that's a professional IT resume writer talking - I do this all day, every day. If you haven't written a resume since, well, your last job hunt 5 years ago, it's going to take a lot longer. So you have to ask yourself, (yeah, I know, I'm quoting Dirty Harry again), "How many weeks do I have to invest in doing something I don't really enjoy, and am not great at?"
  3. You can't see your own career as clearly as you may think. Don't get me wrong. I'm not downplaying that you know what you've done. But there are things that you haven't thought about in months in years. Achievements that may have been buried under, well, other great achievements. And you may not have a great sense of what's going to help market you to your next opportunity. Sometimes the things you're proudest off may not be the things that will catch a hiring authority's eye.

Bottom line? Bring your own iPad, iPhone, or Android to work. Get it on the network. Make your life easier, and your business more efficient.But if you're really serious about taking the next step in your career? Don't try to Build Your Own Resume.

As one of the industry's leading IT resume writers, I can help you clarify what you've accomplished, and put that information into a resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile package that will make you say, "WOW." And, more importantly, get than exact same response from the hiring manager. Contact me to schedule a free initial consultation to see if working together would make sense.

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