One comment that I often hear as a professional resume writer is, "I hate writing my resume!"
There are, of course, variations on this theme. "I've been trying to write my resume for weeks, and it's just not working." "I'm a good writer, but I have no idea how to get my career down on paper."
This list goes on.
And there's a good reason that non-professionals hate writing their own IT resumes.It's hard.
There's the feeling - and I think this may be reinforced by the experiences we had with college counselors as we were entering the world of work - that writing a resume is a matter of a few easy steps.
That it should take an hour or two.
That everyone can do it.
So most of us go into the IT resume process thinking that it should come easily. Be quick, and relatively painless. And still produce great results.
But, of course, that's not true.Resume writing - especially IT resume writing - is extremely complex.
I've spent years perfecting my craft - from honing my interviews with clients to ensure that I get the most critical information, to writing the body of the resume in the most powerful, effective, and balanced way possible, to the final formatting to ensure that the hiring authority doesn't have to dig for critical accomplishments like a miner looking for hidden jewels.
But IT professionals are used to solving tough problems - on their own, without a lot of guidance, and just their own research.
That's why I say that my clients are smart enough to write their own resumes. They are. With time, a great deal of research, and several failed attempts, my clients are smart enough to cobble together a decent resume.
But as I also say, my clients are smart enough to know that decent just isn't good enough.Because - to stand out from the thundering herd of job applicants, to get the viewing your career deserves, IT resumes have to be exceptional.
That doesn't mean that have to be - or should be - flashy. No one ever got a job because of a flashy resume.
But it does mean that IT resumes have to be clear. Concise. Exceptionally well written. Powerful. Compelling.
As I said above, that's hard. And it's even harder if you're fighting the fact that you just hate doing it.
Because if - like most non-professionals - you really do hate writing your resume, there are only a couple of outcomes. You'll put it off. And put it off. And put it off.
And that means potentially missing great opportunities.
Or you'll rush through it. Try to get it over with. And that's a worse outcome - because a rushed resume that you've spent a couple of hours on is almost guaranteed to get the hiring authority's attention. And not in the way you want, if you want a call back for an interview.
But there is a third option. And I'm sure, if you've read this blog regularly, you can see that option coming.