the art of career storytelling (for better resumes, interviews, and self-awareness)

As you know, most people don’t like working on their resume content. The endless tinkering can feel asinine. If that’s how you feel though, you’re in the right place. Because refining resume content ought to increase, rather than decrease which is often the case, self-understanding and confidence. I think we’ve all had the experience of…

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September 23, 2016 tagged as: ,

the secret to writing unique, professional, and intriguing resume bullets

Let me guess … you don’t like resume writing. And I wouldn’t blame you. There’s a lot riding on crafting resume content. To elaborate on why this is so important, your resume content gives employers information about your self-esteem, what you get offered in the way of renumeration should you receive a job offer, in…

how to create and amazing resume letterhead (part 3)

If you’re just joining this series specifically on resumes, click here. Rebecca’s letterhead and design story: Rebecca was an Engineer and believed that in her field, employment applications looked and sounded a certain way. No exceptions. To deviate from the look and feel of what was expected in a resume was to risk not getting…

how to create an amazing resume letterhead (part 2)

Want Part 1 first? Here it is. Corey’s resume letterhead and story: When Corey and I started work on her resume she claimed that her work history had no rhyme nor reason to it. She’d done a little of this, a little of that, and some other stuff too. And if you didn’t know any…

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October 26, 2015 tagged as: ,

how to create an amazing resume letterhead (part 1)

The resume is finite real estate and what that means is that what goes on it is curated. By you. About you. So not only does the resume content matter, the design does too. And the design of your resume begins with your resume letterhead. It matters because it “says” something about you. Just like…

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August 31, 2015 tagged as:

the great resume checklist

Now that you’ve seen, studied and reflected upon your existing resume in reference to the sample from the last article, this step asks you to create a checklist so that you know when your very own resume is complete. Otherwise how will you know when it’s time to stop tinkering and put it to use?…

the anatomy of a resume

It’s not bragging if you can back it up. – Muhammad Ali A resume is composed of parts and structure – it has a recognizable anatomy. This you know. If you give someone a resume that departs too much from the anatomy that they’re familiar with they can’t relate to it. It doesn’t “count” as…

why treating yourself as a commodity is a great disservice (part 4)

Here’s the point of your resume: Ability to self-attune = self worth = career satisfaction What we see in the career landscape of today is that resumes that are supposed to represent your self-worth (and also determine a monetary worth for the work that you do) are actually resumes filled to the brim with shame…

why treating yourself as a commodity is a great disservice (part 3)

In the previous article you may have discovered that you unconsciously perceive your work as a venue for meeting your unmet childhood needs of acceptance, love and approval. In fact, you might have been funnelling most of your daily energy into this as your work and can tell because you feel its influence over how…

why treating yourself as a commodity is a great disservice (part 2)

On your resume you’ll know that you are commoditizing yourself if you notice any of the following (psst … this is where you take out your existing resume and check it against this list): :: Phrases taken directly in part or whole from books, online materials or from other people’s resumes to help you create…

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