Setting Up Your Own Catch 22

Throughout the recent drought I have been diligent in making sure that fountain in my front yard is full and running for all the wildlife in my neighborhood.  This is a good thing.


Throughout the recent drought the word must have been passed along throughout the bunny community because they have all been visiting my front yard.  This isn’t a bad thing.


My dogs make this crazy noise every time they see a bunny.  It is somewhere between insane and hysteria; then they tear through the house (just in case one breaks in?) and my pit bull then scales the privacy fence to go after the bunnies in the front yard.  This is a bad, bad thing.


I have created my own Catch 22.  Make sure all the bunnies are hydrated yet going crazy with insane dog behavior.


Oftentimes in job searching we create our own Catch 22 with our resume.


I will talk to clients who tell me that they no longer want to focus on a specific area of their past; yet in reading their resume that is the one area that is highlighted more than anything.


It is a comfort thing.  We feel comfortable talking about the things that we know the most about.  Yet this can do more harm than good.  If you no longer want to concentrate on the technical writing then do not present a resume that in over 80% of it details your proficiency in technical writing. Your resume provides the reader a script yet what you are providing is the wrong one.


Instead, look at the position that you are seeking and determine what is most important for the job and the company.  Then look at your past history based upon this viewpoint.  Stop looking at what you did in the old aspect and look at it from the new positions’ point of view.


If you are including items on your resume that you actually do not have a strong skill set to support you are setting yourself up for another Catch 22.  Anything on your resume is open game for the interviewer to discuss.


If you state that you are proficient in a certain technical program when you really aren’t then you are setting yourself up to answer a question about this “proficiency” with, “Actually, I did not do a lot of that, but I have seen it.”  Not good.


Make your search easier by eliminating the Catch 22s that you are actually creating.  Keep in mind what is important to the next position and write to where you are going, not where you have been.



Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW

Career Coach-Strategist

Certified Professional Resume Writer

Career Polish, Inc.


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