YOU ARE NOT YOUR RESUME

BEFORE READING:

This post excludes medical students, attorneys, people in finance and others who definitely need to build their resume ( in my opinion ) or people who simply just want to grow their resume!

DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU WHAT TO DO

THIS IS WHY

When I was in college, I had professors tell me which career path would be best for me based on my major. While I appreciated the advice, I decided to dip and take my own path.

I wasn’t going to be seen as just another student in the system making their way to the real world.

Not my thing. Doesn’t make me better than anyone else, but I’m just speaking my truth.

When we are 18 years old, we are forced to pick a college, a major and are expected to know exactly what we want to do before we’ve had a chance to experience the world.

Then, we graduate and go out into the real world, where we follow our “conventional” journey to get a job based on what we majored in.

WHY IS THIS RIGHT?

  • There are a lot of people who go to college and need a degree.

  • There are a lot of people who go to college and that’s the best choice for them.

THE LIMITATIONS SOCIETY PUTS ON US

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The issue is that people put limitations on themselves based on their resume.

They let their resume decide their capabilities.

One of my family members was looking for a new job. She is INCREDIBLE at sales, has great communication skills and is driven. There was this company that she wanted to apply to, but the position was higher up in management ( which she loved ), but because she didn’t have the experience yet, she refused to apply.

I asked her why she didn’t just go for it?

She’s capable and has proven herself, so why not? She told me that if she applied they would laugh in her face. That thought alone stopped her and she didn’t even think twice.

I didn’t know what to say in that moment because that mindset is what STOPS you from reaching your goals. If you want something, go for it. Reach higher. Prepare and forget about the resume.

Someone can come in with a picture perfect resume, but have a personality that totally kills it.

My family member really missed out there.

MY OPINION ON THE “SYSTEM”

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People get jobs and internships NOT necessarily to learn, but because they “look good” on their resume.

That is their focus.

I know that not everyone does this. I know that you can still learn a lot at those jobs and internships.

What I’m referring to is the INTENTION of applying and accepting those positions ONLY for the resume.

I think that if you are going to take a job or internship, at least take one that interests you.

The experience that you will gain will be greater than what you will gain doing something you don’t necessarily love for a piece of paper that doesn’t necessarily prove you are a good fit for whatever position you are after.

Yes, you can argue that doing things for your resume will help you get further in your career or a larger paycheck, but will that actually make you happy?

GO AFTER WHAT YOU REALLY WANT

…AND DON’T BE AFRAID

Here’s the issue with resumes:

Resumes show your experience, but they don’t necessarily prove that you are a good fit. You may have ZERO experience in an industry, but it interests you, so you go for an interview and they can see your passion and hire you!

How do you know?

It’s not the norm, but is going after what you TRULY want deep down in your gut “the norm?”

NO!

Because most people are afraid to do what’s different.

Your resume is simply a piece of paper stating things that you’ve done to somehow qualify you for a position at a company.

But your resume doesn’t define you.

It might share your skills, accomplishments and experience, but it doesn’t provide any insight on your personality and work ethic.

Honestly, you can write whatever you want on a resume and then you get to the interview and YOU aren’t a good fit for the company’s environment.

As a business owner, I’ve seen resumes that look fantastic! But then I interview them… and I realize that they are absolutely not a good fit. Yes, their resume looked great and yes they had the skills, but their personality sucked and you can tell the drive wasn’t there.

I’ve also given opportunities to people who have very little on their resume, but passion and interest.

The possibilities in this life are endless because you are YOU.

  1. YOU are unique.

  2. YOU are not a job.

  3. YOU are not an internship.

  4. YOU are not a piece of paper.

  5. YOU have dreams, goals and a vision for life.

  6. YOU are the only you in this world.

  7. YOU have something of value to offer that a piece of paper can’t explain.

Work on your skills. Go after what you want. Don’t be afraid to ask.

…and understand that it’s ok to make a change in your career path.

Some people know what they want at a young age. But, many don’t. That’s more than ok.

Gain experience and find things that interest you. Try to learn as much as you possibly can, but don’t forget to capitalize on those key skills that will land you the job.

  1. Communication

  2. Work ethic

  3. Drive

Everything else can be learned!

I know that this can come across as a controversial post, but let’s be real! Life is meant to be a journey. We need to be happy and fulfilled. Understanding who we are and going after what we want will lead to long term fulfillment and there’s nothing more rewarding than living a life you love.

Do you agree? Let me know in the comments below!

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