Telling Your Story: Resumes Just Don’t Cut It

Steve and I recently went to lunch. Steve is an amazing friend and one of the most creative and talented individuals that I have ever met. He’s in the process of making a career change and we’ve been looking at his resume.

Steve’s resume looks great. He has a lot of experience and he done a great job designing it. As we looked at it, I shared my only frustration with him. No matter how great his resume is, it will never come close to really explaining what a wonderful person he is. No resume will ever fully share his true story.

Story is everything. We think in narrative. No matter how rational we might try and be, we are emotional human beings first and foremost. This is the weakness of a resume; a resume is a collection of snapshots from your life. Some of them are explicitly connected, while others might seeming have no connection. Figuring out how to connect those dots for your future employer is a major challenge.

This is why having a blog and using the many social media tools is so important. Now, more than every, you have the ability to share your story.

But there is another challenge – you have to have a great story to tell. So many of us live busy lives and we never have time to reflect on what direction our lives have gone in. Chris Brogan, author of Trust Agents, recently posted about this issue where he talked about an amazing book – A Million Miles in a Thousand Years (amazon affiliate link), by Donald Miller. I have reached a crossroads myself as of recent and have been thinking a lot about where I have been and where I want to go. I will definitely be picking up a copy of this book to help in some of my decision making.

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