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Can Focused Resume Writing Be A Health Hazard

 “Writing is easy. All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.” Gene Fowler

 While this is a slight exaggeration, when you settle down to write your résumé there may come a time in the process of choosing just the right amount of information, with just the right words, in just the right order, when you too will identify with this quotation all too well. 

The best way to avoid this drama, and the first step in this process, is to establish your focus. It is critical that you identify your career/job focus and, horror of horrors, if you don’t have one.  

To write a truly powerful résumé and cover letter you must have a focus to work with. I have advised potential clients that they are doing themselves a disservice and wasting their money unless they know where they are heading.  

By approaching your résumé with the attitude of ‘I simply want a job’ you will water down your résumé considerably, as well as your job search and your chance of obtaining satisfying employment.  

For some of you the decision will be easy or is already made. You have trained for a specialised area and your focus is predetermined and narrow, but for others whose training and experience is multifaceted or more generalised this is the time to decide which way you want to go. It is much easier to hit a target you can see than to just shoot blindly hoping for the best. 

One way is to sit down and write out what you feel are your strengths and interests – even ask others what they see your strengths to be, though only you will know what truly interests you.

If you are having trouble then I encourage you to seek out the services of a professional career coach.  Establishing your focus, either by yourself or with professional help, will be well worth the time, and money, it takes – and you’ll save heaps on band aides.  


Here’s to writing powerful resumes.

Beverley Neil 

October 6, 2007 at 2:00 am 1 comment


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