Building your resume is similar to building a house. Grab your pen, not a hammer!
When building a house, you need a plot of land that's large enough to build upon. If the house is too big for the lot, things look crowded. Maybe you've heard the word "monstrosity" used to describe such a house. We've all seen poorly planned communities and other construction oddities. Conversely, a tiny house built on an extremely large lot seems a bit odd too. Farmers may not agree.
When building your resume, you need a piece of paper. Too much on that paper creates a negative response. (i.e. Too Much Information or TMI) Too little on the page means you look as though you didn't do very much.
When building a house, you need plans. These plans guide you. They help make sure you have some direction and purpose in creating the home you intend to build.
In resume-building, you need to choose a format. Several templates and examples of resumes exist out there. You should have a specific resume tailor-made to the job you're applying for. You'll need to select a format that's appropriate and be ready to make adjustments as needed. Use your pen to write a rough draft.
Wood, bricks, metal, nails, and all the important things necessary for building a house need to be considered and gathered. You may even need to get a truck to transport all of this essential material. This may take some time, but if you've planned accordingly, you can get all the things you need in order to get started right.
Before you put words to paper, you may need to dust off some old boxes and files you've got packed away. You'll want to find the raw materials that can help you create a winning resume. We're talking about things such as; old evaluations, emails that sing your praises, awards, photos, and examples of your work.
The Foundation & the Framing
Critical to the success and stability of any well-built home is the foundation and framing. If the foundation is weak, don't expect much in terms of a house that's built to last. However, if the foundation is strong, you can expect solid, predictable performance from the house. The strength of the foundation determines the strength of the house. Your framing needs to hold up during extreme weather too.
On paper, your educational background typically offers Employers insight as to how strong your foundation is. Do you have the required level of education for the job? Your resume should include indicators to show you meet the minimum qualifications and that you've built a solid career. Yes, sometimes your work experience can overcome any lack of education, but more and more a strong, solid educational foundation is mandatory. Companies need to know you have what it takes to stand the test of time. Have you "weathered" any storms during your work life?
And finally, once the house is built, you want to make it a home! How does your house look from the street? Is it inviting? Do all the outside areas (landscaping, windows, doors, shutters, and gutters) welcome you?
Your resume needs to have the same effect. The word choice, content, and measurable success showcased on your resume must invite Employers into your life so they can learn more about you!
So, as you build your resume, remember the analogy of building a house. Make that house a home. Make it inviting to others. Be ready to open the door to new and exciting career opportunities as a result!
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