Is that my resume in your pocket? Or are you just happy to see me?

The dreaded resume drafting, revising, and circulating can often be the most daunting part of the search process for any job seeker. It is, after all, the very first impression most employers will have of your bad assery.  But why, oh why, do we all wait until our job search begins to revamp this document? And why is it so important after all?

When I first met my now-husband, he was in a job he only semi-loved, exploring all sorts of new opportunities. I was then a fresh-eyed, bushy tailed, self-professed great writer, and I immediately offered to peruse his resume. I would of course provide what I thought would be valuable assistance in making this piece of paper shine!  He laughed at my offer, touting, “I don’t have a resume. If someone asks for it, I tell them to look at my LinkedIn profile.”  (insert major eye roll here).

I’ve since realized that he makes a good point. Why should our entire professional existences be reduced down to a SINGLE page of paper? Can we make the font bigger to make our experience look like more? Can we edit the margins to squeeze every last ounce of job expertise we have on to this solo sheet?  How many different ways can we say “created,” or “drafted,” so we look articulate? It’s only how we get our foot in the door; the true impression is during the interview, right?

The dreaded resume drafting, revising, and circulating can often be the most daunting part of the search process for any job seeker. It is, after all, the very first impression most employers will have of your bad assery.  But why, oh why, do we all wait until our job search begins to revamp this document? And why is it so important after all?

WHY does my Resume Need To Illustrate That I Am A BADASSLADYBOSS?

There is an age-old adage, “first impressions are everything.” Don’t believe me? I once applied to a job that explicitly said, “Please provide a one page cover letter and resume.”  My job experience was just a little more than one page, but was so applicable to the position that I was applying for, I submitted the two-pager anyway.  When I received the “thanks, but no thanks,” rejection email, it also stated, “we are not interested in interviewing prospective candidates that are not able to follow instructions.” BAM.  Generally, I am VERY good at following instructions, but this company now thinks I am unable to do so, and I will never have the opportunity to correct them.  First impressions are everything.  Why not use your badassladyboss experience to uplevel this?

WHAT should my Resume Highlight?

Well your badassery, of course! But how?  Succinctly.  Articulately.  Creatively.  These are not easy concepts to convey when you’re working on the fly.

Your Resume Should be a Frequently Viewed, Edited, and Perfected Masterpiece

When was the last time you changed your Facebook profile picture? Posted a new instagram photo?  Updated your Twitter bio? Think of your resume like your social media.  It is your professional Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/SnapChat account, all in one. You may be thinking – that’s what LinkedIn is for, right? Not so fast.  

Every job you have will encompass different skill sets, a lot of which are great for jobs across different genres; perhaps a job you didn’t even know you were looking for.  Spend a few minutes every month editing – you will thank yourself later!

Online Resumes in the Age of Social Media

Back in my day…just kidding, that is TODAY…

But in all seriousness, your social presence is JUST as important as your actual resume.  Pictures of your drunken college days front and center on your social media? Might I suggest deleting or hiding.  Employers (not to mention the general public) have access to all of your information, so don’t kid yourself into thinking your privacy settings will protect you.  If you don’t want a future potential boss seeing that post/picture/etc., consider removing it friends!

Furthermore, don’t forget to augment your facebook/insta/linkedin/twitter with all your recent skills – you would be surprised how many headhunters and employers seek out future employees through these avenues.  

You May Not be Looking for a Job, but it Could be Looking for You!

Failing to plan is planning to fail.  No, but really.  Why rush to have a perfect summary of your badassladyboss self when you don’t need to?  Updating your resume on the reg. means you will be ready whenever opportunity comes knocking!

Do you have any other tips to share?

 

Whitney Dover is a co-founder of BadassLadyBosses.

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