Remember when you were a teenager, and you were convinced that everyone around you was staring at every single imperfection you possessed? Fortunately, as we get older we realize that most people really aren’t that concerned with what we’re doing. However, I often encounter job seekers who seem a little stuck in the mentality of “Everyone is looking at me!”
Few things in life are absolutely perfect, and most people don’t have a “perfect” resume. We work with many clients who have employment gaps, career changes, a series of short-lived jobs, and many other challenges. What they also have is great experience, a dedicated work ethic, and a desire to succeed. Which of these things do you think employers care about more?
There are some career obstacles that are insurmountable. For instance, you can’t go work as a lawyer if you have a nursing degree. You won’t be hired as CEO if you’ve only got two years of work experience on your resume. But many of the issues that job seekers see with their own resumes aren’t that important to the people reading them. Hiring managers really do understand if you took time off to care for your children or ailing parents, especially if you kept up your professional certifications or have gone back to work since that time. They also understand that sometimes you take a job with a company that goes out of business less than a year later, leaving you without work.
As you search for a job, your ultimate task is to market one product—yourself! Just like your parents advised when you were a teenager, it’s time to stop obsessing over your imperfections and focus on all the positive attributes you can offer an employer. If you want the person hiring you to focus on what you can do, you need to focus their attention on the positive by remaining focused on it yourself. When it comes to professional imperfections, it’s best to realize them, acknowledge them, and then move on.
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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!
I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!
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