I have had clients tell me that they have read articles stating that the resume is dead, the new trend is web pages and Google searches and that no one reads a resume any more so do they really need one?
In other words – is a resume worth it?
Worth all the work and expense.
Why – because the resume still holds as the foundation of your entire job search strategy.
Then next statement I hear is, out of frustration, “I know what I want to say on my resume but I don’t know how to say it.”
I hear that a lot.
Lot. Lot. Lot.
It is not just making a pretty piece of paper it is about creating and defining your message and delivering it in a way that promotes action. This is what compels someone to talk to you and compels you to get out there and sell yourself in the best possible way.
Clarifying exactly who you are, your value, what you have to offer and why someone would want to talk to you rather than the hundreds of other candidates. It sets the foundation for who you are, period.
Once you have a foundation, it then translates to all other aspects of your job searching.
How you introduce yourself and build connections through networking.
How you define yourself and create a searchable and connectable profile on LinkedIn.
How you perform during interviews and subsequent communication.
It also helps you re-identify yourself, the things you love about what you do and define where you want to go. It strengthens your commitment, allows you to acknowledge and appreciate your own value and builds confidence in moving forward.
It is not just a piece of paper – it is your foundation.
It is worth it, even if no one ever reads it (which they will), to go through the process of creating this profile, identifying your value and clarifying your message.
In job searching you are in sales – you are selling yourself.
If you do not know what you are selling and how to sell it then how do you expect to make a sale?
It is worth it.
Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW