Even though I sometimes have issues with Penelope Trunk, like when she basically tells young women to become Betty Draper except with an MBA, she often says amazing, true stuff. I also love her willingness to be vulnerable and brutally honest about things like mental illness.
I think the stories you tell about your life ARE your life. They become your life. A resume is one format for a life story. The steps she outlines at the end of the post?
So here is a five-step resume plan for you to take control of your story:
1. Figure out where you want to be in your career right now, this moment.
2. Look back on all of your life and pull out the tidbits of your life that somehow relate to what you want to be doing now.
3. Get rid of everything on your resume that does not relate to what you want to do now.
4. Make a story that explains the way you got from one moment to the next moment in your life where you were doing what you want to be doing now.
5. Once you can tell the story verbally, have a resume writer help you build a resume that tells that story in resume format in a compelling way.
The most important thing about a career is that it is a tool to create a vibrant future. Your career is a mutable, dynamic story that you control. If you cannot tell stories about yourself from multiple angles, then the single story you have on that paper controls the rest of your life. You deserve more than that.
That’s why people pay me $150-$200 to write their resumes. That’s my process. That’s what I do. I help you figure out what kind of story you want to tell about your life and then we turn that into a resume. Next time you write a resume, get rid of everything you don’t ever want to do again and turn your resume into the story of stuff you are great at and stuff you want to do.