A book and a resume both tell your story, but in very different ways. When an author sits down to write her true story for a book, she writes down her accomplishments and how she has made a difference in her family, work or the world. She thinks of challenges and conflicts and how she resolved them.
A job seeker lists accomplishments they are proud of and challenges they faced along the way to finding success. Then they give examples or paragraph stories about each accomplishment or challenge and then how they resolved it. Taking the time to write a short story or outline first will help the job seeker create their story in concise bullet points, with examples to fit the team they want to be a part of. Writing your resume as a story first will help you find the important nuggets and then answer the Tell Me About Yourself interview question––that is not really a question––but a heart stopper for some.
Eight similarities between a book and a resume.
The most important difference between a true story and a resume is the length. Your resume is a synopsis of your story. As with your story it is written for your target audience.
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Author Nancy J. Miller, M.S. is a Career Counselor/Certified Life Coach at Creative LifeWork Design. She is author of the books, Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success, Vegetable Kids in the Garden, The Vegetable Kids Cafeteria Club and Vegetable Personality Styles to promote healthy relationships, lifestyles and self-esteem. Nancy publishes professional articles on careers, business and health. She gives presentations on the Vegetable Personality Styles™ she developed based on the four basic vegetables colors and the way they grow. Nancy uses a holistic practical approach to coaching entrepreneurs, professionals, and writers to create business and career success in harmony with their strengths, values, and lifestyle.
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