Résumés are tedious and kind of boring at times when I’m figuring out grammatical errors and appropriate word choices, I’m not going to lie to you. I’ve corrected my résumé for months now, and trying to put onto a piece of paper my most admirable skills and experiences. Since I’ve been constantly thinking about why I would stand out to employers it has helped me gain confidence in my professional development.
I just finished my Freshman year of college, and I think I have definitely set myself up for experiences that are damn good résumé builders (internship, wedding event assistant). I’m happy to say that putting together a résumé has actually made me more confident. How else are you supposed to sell yourself to employers?
Doing this took a lot of work, I wrote down a list of my skills and accomplishments and circled ones that stand out the most. Sometimes I get so busy with trying to do so much at once, I forget to remember all the super awesome things that I’ve already done!
3 secrets that I’ve learned that have boosted my confidence
When I stopped listening to that voice about why every reason an employer wouldn’t want to hire me I instantly felt in control of my thoughts.
Writing down my strengths and talents has helped me to understand my strengths in a professional setting (extremely organized, leadership skills, effective communication skills, etc).
Deciding that I would hire myself if I interviewed myself. Not just because I’d be biased, but because I am confident in my inter-personal skills and smiling face that it is clearly demonstrated the moment I hand my résumé over.
The most important thing is that I’ve been able to pin point my issues (lack of confidence when applying) and I’ve learned to take steps to fix it. Not only have I taken steps to fix, I have learned HOW to fix it (there’s a difference). Just because we have solutions to this problem it doesn’t mean it is automatically fixed. We have to be the ones to use them! Writing a résumé is hard work, and you’ll probably write more than one draft, but don’t forget to give yourself credit for why you’d be a great employee.
Good luck and happy résumé drafting!