Ever since I decided to become a career coach, I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me about reviewing their resumes. And although editing resumes is not the primary focus of my business, I am always happy to give a second opinion or a word of advice if I can.
However, I couldn’t help but notice a common theme among the twentysomethings who submit resumes to me; even though they feel ready for some sort of career change, their resumes lack purpose because my clients aren’t exactly clear on what they want to do next.
And it’s not their fault, I hear it time and time again when people aren’t satisfied by their current job in some capacity, one of this first things they are told to do is “update their resume.”
There is no doubt that updating your resume is a crucial and obvious step in the job search process but if you aren’t crystal clear on what you want to do with your life and the direction of your career, then updating your resume is not where you need to focus your attention. (At least in the beginning!)
One of the worst things you can do for yourself, is update your resume based solely on your previous experience and pigeonhole yourself into getting another job with all the same shortcomings as your previous job, just at a different company.
If you take a close look at the picture on this blog post, you may realize that although it looks like a standard resume format, it’s actually not really a resume at all. It’s my life purpose and all its core components, my top values, goals, skills, and plans for continued education.
When you take time to turn inward, and discover your true calling, it becomes easier to determine a next step that will lead to more fulfillment in your life.
I work with all my clients to establish these crucial foundations before they apply to a new job. All because until you do this work, you wont be sure how to customize your resume for the right position.
If you’re ready to make a career change but aren’t sure what you want to do next. Contact me and I’ll explain how we can put together a “resume” like this for you.