“You should never write your own resume, personal ad, or obituary. In all three cases it is better to show your humility by letting someone else lie for you.”
Every since picking up a copy of Peter’s Quotations in high school it has been a personal goal of mine to quote myself in something I wrote. I can now check that one of the bucket list. Contrary to the impression I give writing this blog, I am actually a pretty humble guy. I consider humility an attribute. In most cases it serves a person well. Writing a resume is not one of those cases.
Writing a successful resume requires the writer to place the most positive spin on their achievements possible. This does not mean lying, but rather fully accentuating the positive. There is no room for humility in resume writing. It is assumed by the reader that a resume contains a fair amount of exaggeration. If you do not include that exaggeration, your humility will be mistaken for it.
I recently was asked by a friend to take a look at her resume. She had a big interview coming up and wanted to have a fresh set of eyes to take a look over it. I determined at this point there are two types of people in this world: those who edit and those who write. I write, but am not so strong on the editing side (as many of you who read regularly have gathered). I returned to her what I consider a very strong server resume. She gave me permission to share parts of it with you and I think it can provide some inspiration for anyone writing their own.
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