Before you start the resume writing process, you should answer one question: what do you want?
You must know the position and the industry you are aiming for, because hiring managers and recruiters will not spend time thinking about where they could use you. That is your job: to write a resume that shows them you are the right person for the opening they have and you want.
How do you find out what you want?
First, allow yourself the freedom to consider what you want without restrictions such as the size of your mortgage or student loans. For this stage of the exercise, you are without any obligation but pleasing yourself.
Second, make lists of the things you do well, the things you like to do, and the things you really hate to do. Do not edit these lists because you are afraid the things you like are trivial or the things you do well have no value. The value of each item on your list will depend greatly on the industry, the position, and even on the individual hiring manager.
Third, list your skills, education, and previous achievements.
Fourth, put those lists aside for at least a day and then begin to play with the lists—again, giving yourself the freedom to do nothing but please yourself. Your goal is to combine the information you have in as many new ways as possible, maximizing the things you do well and like to do. Look through job postings and advertisements for words that match your lists; there are probably many more matching careers than you have realized.
Fifth, build yourself a supportive team. Now that you know what you want and you know your goals, you need people to help you. You may want to talk to others who have the type of position you’re looking for to find out about their career path. You may want to join professional groups or online sites like LinkedIn where you can network for the job you want. Talk to family and friends; you will need their support, too. However, be prepared that sometimes family and friends may limit you; they may see you how you are, not how you may be.
You may find that your perfect career requires adding some skills, experience, or education. You may find that you are willing to take on one of things you hate (a change in geographic location, for example) to gain all the things you like. You need a supportive team to help you make those changes.
Sixth, build a powerhouse resume that aligns your background with your career goals. For that, please contact Robin’s Resumes®.
As a certified and professional Resume Writer, certified Career and Job Transition Coach, and certified 5 Steps to Rapid Employment coach, I know many folks need professional guidance for this process. I have helped many others take these steps. I am ready to help you also.