Résumé Writing: Get Excited to Sell Yourself Properly

By , September 29, 2010

Introducing: Me!

A résumé is your sales tool. The second part of your two part letter of introduction. Both your cover letter and résumé are important. But, what if they were separated: Could your résumé stand alone? It’s often the first thing a person will see. It’s your Representative. It is your opening bid to get the all-important initial interview.

Get Motivated about Writing Your Résumé

What do you wear to write a résumé that gets you in the door? Start with your best attitude. It’s a positive document crafted to show who you are. If writing résumés and job hunting is not a fun time (and rarely is exhilarating joy associated with job hunting, right), you may need to work at getting into the proper frame of mind to write.

Don’t wait for inspiration to come to you; go get it. Think about the things that get you motivated and let yourself get excited. Focus on your goal of putting your best foot forward to get that interview. Celebrate what you have to offer and what accomplishing this could bring you like:

  1. the chance to interview for the perfect job
  2. the new things you might learn about your community
  3. the chance to learn more about yourself and things you might do differently
  4. the opportunity to get the job you really want

Get Practical about Writing your Résumé

  1. Carve out time to write your résumé. Decide to focus on only that writing, and nothing else unrelated in that time slot.
  2. Eliminate all stressful thoughts. You don’t have to solve all your problems to do this. Try writing them down and putting the paper in your drawer for later. Then think positive thoughts about securing the interview you were meant to have.
  3. Draft your goal for one résumé. Write the position you want to get and your related objective, focusing on one job at  a time.
  4. With the job requirements on hand, assess your bank of skills and experiences. Select the ones you think are best suited to the position your focused on. Then select some that are laterally related, (for overview, cover letter, and to show what you want recruiters to see).
  5. Select the format that suits your goals, and fill in the outline with your best information.

Get a Little Philosophical about It

Attitude matters. Behavior matters. It’s like smiling when you’re on the phone. The person at the other end can hear you smiling. Similarly, you can infuse your writing.

Use your gratitude. You may not be feeling it when you need to write your résumé. But take a moment or two to find it and let it fuel you. Think about the things you have to be grateful for, the good parts of even the most difficult and trying times. If nothing else, consider the fact that you have something to offer a company and the ability to say so. Let your spirit smile. Release your happy, relaxed state of mind and let your résumé writing flow.

Try it next time you need or want to write your résumé. Gratitude is important all the time. Especially, though, see if it doesn’t help you when you’re doing this important writing of presenting yourself to new people.

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