I had so much fun with Monday’s resume post, I decided that I would do another one. In that post I wrote about tips to make your resume 10,000 times better. Most of them are small things. Tweaks and adjustments. However, there’s a bigger issue that I didn’t really address.
What if you don’t have awesome content for your resume… meaning, your experience is less than exciting. Maybe you’ve been a volunteer at a church and you just don’t have enough experience to put much down on a resume. Perhaps you’re at a church that’s been in significant decline. Spinning that situation might be tough. This is a problem, but it’s not a problem that can’t be overcome.
Here’s how you write a winning resume:
Do something worth writing about.
Get some wins under your belt. Build something from scratch. Take something on that’s failing and turn it around. Yes, this takes a little time, but you’d be surprised by what you can do in a year that will drastically improve your resume. You’ll fill your resume with reason why someone should hire you.
I wrote about this idea years ago, but a good option might be for you to quit your job and relocate for the purpose of developing your skills. Become the star volunteer at a church that’s winning. Get the experience you need while you learn how the best do it. Many people quit their jobs and move in order to get an education. This is a viable option.
Here’s the biggest obstacle I see. You may be reading this post an you think to yourself, “I don’t want to spend the next 2-3 years at this church” or “I’d rather just find a job now, I’m X years old and I’m just ready to do this full time.”
I get it. I totally get it. However, your resume as is will only unlock certain opportunities for you. Your options are going to be limited. Chances are, the jobs you could get now might not really help you as much as you want in getting into the kind of church you really want to be in a few years from now. Instead, you might find yourselves stuck and 5-7 year from now, you’ll wish you had taken the 1-3 years to really develop to lead at the kind of church that fits your DNA.
You are your resume. What are you going to do differently to have the resume that unlocks incredible opportunities?
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