Denial is Not a River in Egypt

Getting your Resume Checked

A couple weeks ago I was having a discussion with a client about resumes and interviewing.  Typically, what happens is that someone recommends that I can assist their friend in getting a job, we talk, and they try to sell me, very badly I might add on helping them for free.  Do mechanics repair your car for free?  What about your favorite Starbucks barista?  Does she give you your double shot soy chocolate mint latte for free?  Well, you get my point.

Denial is Not a River in Egypt

As an expert, I am an expert.  I see your resume objectively and through the eyes of someone who has looked at thousands upon thousands of resumes.  I’ve facilitated more interviews than days I’ve actually worked since graduating college.  What I’m really saying is that I’m an expert and I know my stuff.

More people should see your resume like a visit to the mechanic.  You might think that your resume is fine and with a car wash and turning up the volume on the radio dial, that squeaking and scraping noise might go away.  A resume is a lot like a tune up.  An expert, like me takes a look at your resume, changes the oil, rotates your tires, and maybe vacuums your car.  Often times, your resume already has good information, it just needs a vacuum and an oil change before it’s ready to go out on that long trip.  Other times, your resume needs a new transmission, a complete overhaul.  I know, I know.  You don’t want to admit it either.  In fact, you’ve been turning up the volume on your radio to avoid the noise and telling yourself that by using the premium gas that sound will go away.  Believe me.  I’ve been there.  It’s called denial, and not it’s not a river in Egypt.

The difference between your car and your resume is that when your car breaks down along the highway, you know in that construction area with no room to pull over, you know it’s broken and seek out the expert to get it repaired and back on track.  With your job search, your resume could be only a small part of the problem.  Unfortunately, it is the most overlooked piece of a job seeker’s job search.  Your resume is the first impression you have with a prospective employer.  It’s alot like the exterior of your car.  I remember that my guy friends in high school would spend hours detailing, washing, and waxing their car before they went to prom, just to make an impression whether it be for their date or for their friends.  A properly written resume is no different.  A resume can be a game changer.  It could be the difference between whether or not your prom date decides to go to the after party or heck, if they even get into the car when you pick them up.


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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Learn more about Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource, and the host of the Workology Podcast. More of her blogs can be found here.


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