How Do I Break Writer’s Block When Writing My Resume?

For many job seekers, resumes are hard to write. It’s easy to open a new document on the computer but once you look at the blank screen, writer’s block can quickly set in. Here’s a question Warren asked about how to break writer’s block when writing his resume, followed by Yana Parker’s answer.

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How Do I Break Writer’s Block When Writing My Resume?

Hi Yana,
I just CAN’T write a resume! I am great at my job, but for me to express on paper what I have done and what I can do is next to impossible.

I am an automated lighting programmer for entertainment lighting and once I get my foot in the door I can get the job. I am trying to land a big show on Broadway and need to send a resume.

Please help!
Warren

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Dear Warren,
Actually, almost EVERYONE finds resume writing really hard. That’s why we have Resume Writers. For THEM, it’s easier, partly because it’s not THEIR butt that’s on the line, so they can be more objective. Getting caught up in the EMOTIONAL stuff around job-hunting is a large part of why people get so immobilized about their resumes. The truth is, if the professional resume writer had to write a resume for herself, she’d probably need to go and get help from a colleague!

But back to YOU: If writing is just not your thing, and you don’t want to hire a resume writer, then find a friend who is a

  • Good listener
  • Good writer
  • Good sport

Ask if she will help you for, say, a fine dinner “on you.”

Sit down and have a deep chat with her about the world of lighting programming. Explain to her the difference between a mediocre programmer and an inspired programmer (like you). Get her to understand what it takes to be GREAT in this business. This could actually be FUN for both of you because you probably enjoy TALKING about your work, even though you have a hard time putting it in WRITING.

Get your friend to put that down on paper — the ESSENCE of what you do — in something like a resume format. The PASSION you have for your work is what you want on the paper. That’s MUCH more important and interesting to an employer than the format or any “rules” about resume writing.

Remember: there’s an employer out there who is desperately in NEED of somebody like you who is GREAT at what they do. But that employer needs YOU to make the connection between the two of you. You can make it happen! (With a little help from a friend.)

Good luck!
Yana