I used to write poor resumes. And, the worst thing was that I didn't know.
It didn't matter because I was going for entry or coodinator level roles, and none of the competition were sending in anything better (which is a poor excuse).
But once I started applying for higher level jobs, or jobs outside my sector, I stopped getting calls using my resume. I knew I was qualified. But I wasn't landing interviews.
I was doing something wrong. I got obsessed with resumes. I read every resume book I could get my hands on. I found writing them so much fun that I wrote fake resumes in my spare time (nerdy, I know, but I am playwright and it comes naturally once I knew the rules).
I signed up for resume classes and spent three years studying resumes from every angle. My resumes got better. I even did a HR Certificate to understand how recruiters and hiring people read resumes. I covered my bases.
I used my skills to land a job as a Career Transition Consultant in a fancy HR firm. I learned resume writing from their executive coaches, and quickly became the in-house resume expert. I taught all the workshops and webinars. Clients of all levels came to see me for resume help. I taught over 1,000 people, ranging from entry level to CEO level how to write their resume.
I got so good at writing and helping people with their resumes, that I build a business doing it.
The cool thing about being self-employed is that it gave me full expression to play around with how I wanted to teach resume writing. And I figured it out.
I tested this new method of resume writing on two groups in 2018. The first group was an online cohort of professionals. I gave them three weeks to do the work. But I was suprised when they did it in days. They got calls for interviews immediately. Awesome.
The second group was a class of 15 Web Development students, many who were international. I used the same process to teach them how to write resumes. Not only were they beautiful documents, but some students used them to apply for jobs, and landed interviews within days!
People in both groups raved that I took a process that they hated before and made it kinda' fun.
I knew I was onto something.