A friend of mine contacted me the other day. She has been at home with the kids for a while and the time has come for her to get back into the job market. She and her husband have some household objectives and the extra income would make things easier….
As we spoke, she mentioned that she was not getting many nibbles on her resume so I offered to take a look (why did I do that?). She sends me the resume and needless to say the format was a bit antiquated and the content was weak. I have had great success in helping my clients develop winning resumes and since she is a friend, I sent her a template that I thought would work well for her along with a list of recommendations to make the resume more appealing and adequately convey her information…
Now, I don't make it a habit to give templates but when I do, I invariably tell the recipient that they should utilize the template exactly as it is. Why? Simple. Because it works.
I'm sure you can guess what happened, right?
Yes, that's right. She decided to be creative..to make it her own.
I have nothing against a little well-placed creativity but sometimes you just need to follow the formula…
What she sent back to me was in some ways worse than the original resume!
By then of course, I was feeling responsible for her resume success and wanted her to get it right (which we did) but here's the point of my telling you this story…
When you utilize a professional to review your work or give you input on a project, take the advice.
Why reinvent the wheel especially when what you are doing isn't working?
One of the basic tenants of growing a new business is finding a successful working model and then following it!
If you decided to purchase a franchise because they have a blueprint for success, chances are you wouldn't suddenly try to change the model two days into ownership.
Do what works.
You get to have more fun and focus you're energy on effective creativity!
You were born to be great.
YES, you can!