Does Your Resume Have A Missing Narrative?
September 26, 2012 2 Comments
But it’s missing something – something crucial that most resumes and LinkedIn profiles seem to lack.
An overall narrative.
A conversation this week with a solo consultant also brought this issue to the surface. He’s been doing a lot of different projects since being out on his own, but there’s really no storyline to tie it together. Current work, past roles, future direction – they don’t paint a clear picture.
We humans are hard-wired for stories. We want things to fit into an overall progression, showing steps toward a destination and the evolution of the main character. Other people relate to us through our narratives.
Our careers – our lives – have a narrative. Our challenge is to tie it all together and trace the story.
For most of us, the story is not all fairy-tale and unicorns. That’s OK. No-one can relate to that kind of faux narrative anyway. But your many experiences as a professional always have an interesting story to tell (hint: the plot is always progress, through finding your core strengths and progressively succeeding).
Resumes with lists and bullet points are forgettable commodities. Your story, however, is unique. And no-one can tell it better than you!