Writing a Resume: You’re a fool.

“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool”  – William Shakespeare

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The wisest thing you can do when you’re part of that hapless 8.2%  is to admit to yourself, “I am a fool.”

Yes, you have a master’s degree in from the Columbia University School of Journalism. And an engineering BA from MIT. And a certificate in dental hygiene with a concentration in toothpaste from Colgate University (hehe). But you know what you don’t have? A degree in finding a job. You don’t know how to do it. You’re a fool, and that’s why you’re unemployed. But it’s not your fault the public school system makes you take Algebra II, but doesn’t teach you how to keep the lights on. (Or stay out of debt… but that’s a whole other aisle in the grocery store).  Don’t beat yourself up. You’re an unemployed fool, and that’s okay.

So, you unemployed fools of America: Thank you for your newspaper articles which are both informative and enjoyable. Thank you for bridges and tunnels that don’t collapse.  And thank you for the root canal.

Now let me return the favor. I can’t get you through a mountain – or fill your cavities, but maybe I can help you get back to drilling those teeth and tunnels. So here’s my tip for today: Get help. Somewhere, from someone. It’s okay to pay someone to write your resume/cover letter if they have good references and you trust them. If you’ve worked as an airplane mechanic for the past 20 years, chances are your writing skills aren’t great. And that’s okayOr get a book. Get a couple books. Go to a career center – every state has them. If you need specific ideas for your neck of the woods, leave a comment or email me: working.girl.world@gmail.com.

You’re a fool. Now go and do something smart about it.

7 thoughts on “Writing a Resume: You’re a fool.

  1. I don’t think it ever occurred to me that you can pay someone to write your resume. I didn’t know there’s people like that! Okay, I’m likely not searching for a job any time soon (hopefully!) but it’s good to know for the future for my husband.

    • Yep, there are plenty of services out there. You just need to be careful and do research and make sure you’re paying for something worthwhile. But at least check out a book – my favorite resume book is Resume Magic.

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  3. Haha! Great article! And very true! Everyone should know their strengths and their weaknesses and utilize people who have the skills that they do not, to make their lives easier or better. Can’t make it in this world alone that’s for sure!

    • Thanks! It’s true. I don’t build a bridge just because I need to get into Manhattan. I leave that to the bridge-builders. So bridge-builders shouldn’t think that they need to create a resume alone to get a job.

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