As the reality of quitting my job sinks in and the loss of a steady income slowly follows ……. along with some serious fears and doubts, I started assessing why I quit my job in the first place. This was the only way to counteract my self-doubt, as the thought of crumbling under financial pressure and settling for the same job was killing me. The answer …… I wanted to take control of my career and give myself the freedom, the opportunity to reach my full potential.
…and the questions started rolling in…. Where to from here?….. If the past doesn’t dictate the future, how does one transition from an 18 year career to something completely different? If it’s truly what I wanted, surely I needed to stop looking for the same line of work? I need to start searching for opportunities that were in alignment with my new desires, my new vision for the future.
Then another reality kicked in…… How am I going to achieve a shift in my career and reach my full potential without someone having faith in me or giving me a go? Since my Resume dictates the past, it makes it virtually impossible to be shortlisted little yet progress to an interview. Enter a serious round of frustration which took me back almost 18 years ago when I first entered the workforce with zero experience.
So yes I had to go back down memory lane to remind myself how I’d landed my first job without a Resume. Persistence and determination sprung up pretty quickly followed by an ability to sell my passion, drive and ambition. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, my confidence was in overdrive.
So what’s the problem today? With 18 years of corporate experience under my belt, together with an MBA almost squared away, not only do I have the experience and qualifications to become a successful business woman, my confidence is on steroids. So again, what’s the problem? Well yes of course it’s the usual white elephant…..the fear of the unknown/fear of failure, followed by having the courage to get off the bus and follow my dreams and lastly my Resume needed a facelift!
Unless I clearly articulate and demonstrate my expertise and passion to a potential employer, I can see the ‘Dear John’ letters flooding in. So I started listing all the achievements which made a serious impact in the organisations I had worked for which quickly shaped and gave my Resume the facelift it desperately needed. My focus was to remove a lot of the past and focus on the new skills and experience gained that will lead me closer to my new career.
So does your Resume need a facelift?
Are you embarking on a new career? What challenges have you faced along the way?
Join me next time as I experiment with crafting a killer Resume and find out whether it’s all about presentation and content or simply selling your expertise and passion in a simplified intuitive way.
To boosting your confidence and living your dreams.