Words to the Wise

August 9, 2022

Finding the Inspiration to Create Your Best Resume – August 9, 2022

The middle of August. The dog days of summer. There’s nothing quite like them to rekindle our collective appreciation for things like, well, air conditioning.

It’s also a time when business activity slows a bit. Many are headed off to their last vacays of the year or getting the kids ready for the next school year. So, experiencing some downtime is pretty common across the board. Just as the thought that maybe, just maybe, there’s a better opportunity out there—one that naturally comes with a bump in pay, a better work-life balance, and the advantages of remote work.

Once the idea gets in your head, it’s easy to fixate on it.

The hard part is turning that energy into positive action.

Imagination is Everything

Not surprisingly, Albert Einstein had a formula for it: “I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.”

From a starting point of good intentions comes a flood of thoughts about career direction, contact lists, skills training, job postings, and work histories. Logically, all of that information needs to be parsed, rephrased, and formatted in a resume to get your foot in the door, just one step past the applicant tracking system (ATS).

Yet that’s the stage where things become overwhelming, even discouraging.

When they do, it’s important to take a step back before your next step forward.

Turning Downtime into the Right Time

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve got a list of where you worked and when, what your title was, and what you did. It’s also likely that you’ve reached a point where you’ve taken it about as far as you can. Being so close to it, as most of us are, it’s hard to find the critical distance to make a basic resume good, much less make it great.

That kind of insight comes when you take a moment to reflect on the process. Rather than attempt to power through it, the most imaginative thinking can arise out of time spent in quiet contemplation. That approach not only was favored by Einstein; but also, famous inventor and businessman Thomas Edison, who believed, “When you become quiet, it just dawns on you.”

Read, Write, Revise (Repeat as Necessary)—w/ Resume Professors

Here at Resume Professors, what dawns on us is the opportunity that the “dog days” of downtime brings to those eager to pursue a promotion in their current field or others embarking on a new journey. In either case, we see what we do as the first step toward your next step.

Reach out to us today to begin the conversation. Our founder, Edward McGoldrick, handles the initial input call himself, sketching out the details from your interview and questionnaire for the certified professional resume writer (CPRW) assigned to your project. The first draft is back to you in just 2-3 business days. From there, we’ll work together with you on any revisions or additions you have in mind until you are completely satisfied that your final resume is the very best it can be.

Should your mind drift toward the subject.

We’ll help it flow.

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