Writing a Resume during a Forced Job Transition

Involuntary job searches can take us through the 7 stages of grief, and none of those is greatly conducive to writing the resume. As we pass through shock into anger followed by depression, our minds aren’t really calibrated to great writing. The fact is, however, that while we might lump resume writing with taxes, it can actually be a cathartic and life-giving process. Much like painting a room, the degree to which the project will be successful and trouble-free is equal to the degree of preparation. It’s in the preparation that you will find great comfort and assurance. Before you begin to write your resume or update your old one, first start with a blank piece of paper or spreadsheet and begin to chronicle the great things you have done. Call to mind your duties and supplement those with your achievements. Get specific. Recall numbers and percentages, things colleagues, managers and clients said or were able to do because of your efforts. Begin to write out the differences you made in your past or most recent job, and when you are done you will have regained some of that lost confidence, lost some of that doubt, and be in a better position to actually put these thoughts into a proper resume.