Chances are you have a weakness in your resume and you don’t even know it. (I did.) The weakness is the word “helped”. Sure, helping is good, and helping is likely something you did on the projects you worked on. But compared to other words, “helped” sounds weak. I’d advise you to upgrade it. For help on that, see this piece: Stop Saying You ‘Helped’ on Your Resume (and Use These Verbs Instead)
It’s a small thing, but I bet when you make the tuneup you’ll be glad you did.
It’s Monday. You are feeling unmotivated, insecure, lacking in confidence to do the things you have to do. One approach to deal with this is this? This: Motivate Yourself by Listing the Stuff You’re Already Doing Right
You may not realize it, but you already have such a list: it’s called your resume. Your resume is a list of stuff you’ve done or are doing right! Go check it out and see how great you are. If that isn’t enough, consider adding to it, even informally.
For fun, you can do a resume for all the other roles and skills you have, from
- good friend, sibling, relative or support person
- good cook, runner, knitter, bartender, painter, coach, joke teller
- expert or teacher on your favorite topics
We are all good at so many things. Instead of fretting on your gaps or deficiencies, focus on your strengths. Try and deploy them this week and get things done.
If you are a software developer or someone working in IT, you need to consider having more than a good resume or CV. You should consider having:
- an up to date profile in LinkedIn
- a professional web site (at least a one pager). It could be a blog, or an about.me page…something that provides information about yourself in a summary form.
- some repositories on github showing your work or an example of what you can do.
If you use github.io to host your professional web site, you get to cross off #2 and #3 with one effort.
I was reminded of this when I went to check out this page: DevProgress Tech Volunteer Questionnaire. You can see them asking for this information. It makes sense: if you are looking to hire a developer, it would be great to see not just what people are saying about them on LinkedIn, but what their code looks like too.
For some employees, putting code on github may not be an option. In that case focus on the first two and have a page somewhere on the web that discusses why you can’t host code there.
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