by Yana Parker, Author of The Damn Good Resume Guide
Writing a resume is a bit like creating a work of art. There’s a hint of poetry to it: given strictly limited space and conditions, you try to say who you are, expressively. Or perhaps it’s a word-sculpture that you keep building, chipping away, moving this over there, trying out another word or phrase or arrangement – until suddenly it works!
Sometimes it feels like polishing silver, revealing the precious radiance hidden beneath. Or like washing off a dusty mirror and seeing what you look like from a fresh new perspective.
A resume can be a sophisticated comic strip: you draw a little word-sketch of yourself, taking appropriate license with the arrangement of dry historical facts to tell a higher truth:
– What motivates and moves you
– What work your heart wants to do
– Where your hidden or not-so-hidden talents are
– What you’ve done that makes you feel proud
– What calls forth your passion, competence, and loyalty
A fine resume is like a flattering snapshot: it captures you at your best, revealing your unguarded beauty. When it’s really good, you have a surprisingly intimate portrait, giving the reader an advance clue to your essence…telling them what they really want to know: what’s special about you.
This beautiful essay by Yana Parker captures the essence of how she approached resume writing. It is the philosophy she taught job seekers, fellow resume writers, and career development professionals through her books, newsletters, workshops, and this website. Sadly, Yana passed away in 2000, leaving us with these valuable insights and vibrant spirit.