In my first post here, I detailed how following a piece of advice changed my life. Last week I encountered a situation where I questioned some advice that I received.
Several weeks ago, I took another look at my resume and decided that it needed to be revised. I spent the next couple weeks re-examining past job accomplishments and fine-tuning all of the verbiage. I modeled it after four or five books which profiled the “best” resumes. It was a very challenging and, at times, painful process of crafting the best representation of my career accomplishments on paper. The final result was a resume that I felt proud of.
Then I took it to a job coach for a “quick” critique. I had hoped that she would recommend a few minor tweaks and I would be back in business. What I got back was a piece of paper filled with red ink. I was a bit let down as it felt like my hard work was for nothing.
Back to the drawing board, I consulted a few more resume books to get some additional ideas. Here’s what I discovered: many of the same changes suggested to me were considered no-no’s in different book. Also during the week, I attended a different job-hunting seminar. Resumes were discussed and among other things, we were advised to put our LinkedIn address on our resume. While I do not think that this advice is wrong, it was not the right advice for me.
My head began to swirl. It seems that every book, seminar and career coach has something different to say about how to craft the “perfect” resume and target your perfect job. While many of their points are valid, some I don’t agree with. I ended up making some of my coach’s suggested changes, but disregarded others.
Here is what I learned: a little bit of advice is great, however, too much advice is often not a good thing. When it comes to resumes and job search strategies there are no wrong answers…only answers that are right for us. So, if you’re looking for a job and attending seminars and talking to a wide range of job coaches, listen to all of the suggestions and advice being provided. Then, trust your best judgment about incorporating those tips into your job search. Be wary of anyone that says that their advice is the more important than anyone else’s.
Job hunting is a stressful time and is often filled with many moments of self-doubt and personal uncertainty. More than ever, in is important to listen to others’ suggestions, but to trust our own instincts about what is right for us.
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