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Thanksgiving and The Resume

by Jory Butler on November 25, 2010

What does Thanksgiving and a resume have in common?  Not much, but I thought if I titled this blog, “Resume” not many people would be too excited.  I was thinking through what to talk about and I thought about the dreaded “Resume.”  Come on, you know  you dread writing your resume.

There are many reasons that people struggle writing the resume.  We wonder what format, what kind of paper, who do I give it to, etc…etc…  I want to give you a few basic tips that may help you figure out this resume mumbo jumbo.


  • Based on who you are today and where you want to be.
  • There is not one clear cut way to write a resume’ or template. (Google types of resumes)   Resume
  • Write to the future.
  • Use keywords in your resume. (Especially, if you submit your resume online.  Companies use software to weed job seekers.)
  • Sell it, don’t tell it.  IE.  Don’t just tell you were responsible (Function and Responsibility), share accomplishments, results or benefits.
  • Make sure you do use your skills, experience, and abilities to leverage to your new opportunity.
  • Still get your resume to the person who has the power to hire. (The Decision Maker)
  • Make each one inviting to read and visually appealing.  (Be creative conservative depending on type of career pursued).
  • Your resume doesn’t have to fit on one page and use the following fonts.  (Tahoma, Georgia, Garamound, Verdana.)

One last tip for your resume and career change.  Do an inward search of who you are and where you want to go.  Identify those things that bring you energy and passion.  The resume is just a tool to help you get an interview.  If you will do a proper career search, the resume shouldn’t account for more than 10% of the process in finding work you love.

I hope that you all are going to enjoy this special day.  There are so many things to be thankful for.  We all have a chance to serve people and let them be first.  What a great day to be reminded of all the many blessings.  Have a great Thanksgiving weekend.

Photo Credit:  kafka4prez on Flickr

  • Justin Lukasavige

    Sell it, don’t tell it. Love it, Jory!

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