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Top Ten Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Write Your Own Resume

Top Ten Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Write Your Own Resume

Top Ten Reasons Why You Shouldn't Write Your Own ResumeTop Ten Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Write Your Own Resume
by Kim Isaacs

I’m sometimes asked if people should write their own resumes. After all, who knows more about the job seekers’ accomplishments than job seekers themselves? So I’ve compiled this list of the top ten reasons why you shouldn’t write your own resume:

10. Last time you wrote your resume, it was confused with your six-year-old’s homework assignment.

9. Your self-composed resume left you amongst the long-term unemployed.

8. You struggle with how to word your Objective section and settle on the old standby, “Seeking a challenging position with a growth-oriented company.”

7. The latest version of your resume leads with your 1972 babysitting gig.

6. You’re using an IBM Selectric to format your resume’s layout.

5. You think keywords have something to do with the Dewey Decimal System.

4. Your son’s resume is more impressive than yours, and he has never held a job.

3. Your design skills leave something to be desired so you decide to use a resume template.

2. You were always the first to be eliminated in spelling bees, but there’s always spellcheck, write?

And the #1 reason why you shouldn’t write your own resume…

1. You don’t know this, but employers pass your resume around their offices as the joke of the day.

Best wishes,

Kim Isaacs

  • also, show your resume to other people before sending it out for interviews

    thnx Kim

  • I think its best to sit down with a professional and recite your work history, letting them write the CV for you. That way the finished product is ready for the end user.

    Of course this approach does have its limits, if your applying for a creative or design orientated job then the potential employer will be expecting to see some kind of creative flare from your CV. This could be missed by out sourcing the work.

  • Sultana

    Great post. It will be helpful for everyone.

  • Thank you, great post!