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Should Everyone Have a Resume Professionally Done?

Kent Nolen

Lately, I've been getting a lot of questions about just who I think needs a professionally done resume. Does everyone? In short, the answer is "no" – but there's a lot more to it. We've visited this topic before, but it's definitely worth an encore appearance. Here goes... Most resumes are crummy and some are average. That’s a kind version of the truth. I believe that most people struggle with resumes because everything starts to be a big blur. Questions such as “What do I say?” and “What do I put where?” start to boggle the mind.

Why is everything a blur? Well, it’s tough to write about ourselves in the best light possible. More than that, though, people aren’t encouraged to be introspective – to know themselves. Therefore, many people don’t have a handle on their strengths and their natural talents – those things that make living life and going to work as awesome as it should be. As I tell clients over and over, many people just go through the motions day after day with very little authentic career satisfaction. That’s not the way it should be.

So, that’s why everything can be a big blur, making an already irritating process even more so. It’s also the reason why a professionally crafted resume is a good idea. Remember, if a great resume is a critical piece in our current (broken) job-search reality, then you need one. Period. It’s non-negotiable so If you need help, you need help.