The fog is thick yet you can sense that the real truth lurks down there somewhere. Beneath all the advice, all the words, like a hidden treasure.
Essentially, You Have 3 Options:
Use a resume / CV template
Write your own resume from scratch
Hire a resume writer
But before you decide on the best course of action, you need to ask yourself this (very intelligent) question…
What Is Your Goal?
I ask, because with most decisions in business—and life—your objective should guide your action.
And what with all the swirl happening, you may have forgotten why your resume matters.
Let’s take a moment to focus.
Generally, when I talk to professionals with their hair on fire for a resume, the reason falls into one of a few categories:
They’re miserable at their job and desperate to get out
They’ve been hit up by a recruiter for a great role and their resume is wildly out of date
They’ve been made redundant and they have to find a job fast (okay, Money Magazine—a nod to you).
I’ll bet you can relate.
Interestingly though, when I really get to the heart of my clients’ concerns, the objective suddenly becomes clear:
A Successful Career Expressing Their Fullest Potential.
Again, I’m sure you can relate.
And I promise you—even if you’re not there now—eventually this big picture goal will emerge as the true reason you need that resume. Whether you decide to use a resume template is secondary to that truth.
Finally, some solid ground to stand on. Now, doesn’t that feel better? Let’s keep going.
With that clear objective in mind, it’s time to take a closer look at your 3 options.
1. Use A Resume Template.
If you truly want to express your fullest career potential, should you use a resume / CV template? Here’s what you need to know.
Why am I seemingly contradicting my own advice not to use a resume template?
You’ll notice that these templates provide you with graphic design elements and layout only. Beyond that, they don’t offer much serious content for your resume.
This is intentional, as “being inspired” by another person’s achievements, job descriptions and profile is a sure-fire recipe for being ignored by recruiters.
A cookie-cutter resume isn’t going to get you very far.
Instead of plagiarising a resume template, I strongly urge you to use one of the templates above as a starting point for the following…
2. Write Your Own Resume.
Yes, from scratch.
Let me start with the bad news.
Even if you’re a skilled writer, putting together a stellar resume / CV is a whole different animal to writing a blog, email, poem, short story or content for your LinkedIn profile. It will take time and focus.
Don’t assume it will be a snap because you like to write.
Here’s the good news. My team has created scads of helpful, insightful guides designed to help you write your own resume like a champ. Start with these ones: