Part 1 – Write a resume that generates results
Part 2 – How to knock the socks off a prospective employer
Part 3 – The evidence section: How to present your work history, education, etc.
Part 4 – A few guidelines for a better presentation
Part 5 – I’m not sure the job I’m looking for is the right one for me
Part 6 – Add power to your resume with powerwords
Part 5 – I’M NOT SURE THE JOB I’M LOOKING FOR IS THE RIGHT ONE FOR ME
If you are concerned that the job you are seeking may not be right for you, or if you are not completely sure what job you are seeking, you have a bigger problem than just writing a great resume. You are handing over your future to chance and accident.
How you can I tell if it is right for me? If you are changing to a job that is pretty much the same as your current or most recent job, it is not too difficult to assess whether or not you need to just make a job change or consider a new career direction. The big question is: how much do or did you enjoy the actual work? If you liked the work itself but were not happy with the boss or the pay or other components of the job, you may just need to find a new job – a job where you can keep doing the same thing in a different setting. If the work itself was dull, routine, uninteresting, difficult, exasperating, or if you did not feel fully challanged by it, you may need to make a shift in your career direction.
If you are seeking a job that is somewhat different from what you did before, how can you know it will be better than what you have been doing?
Let’s take a look at your situation from a new point of view. What an employer pays you for is to perform some special function or functions. Everything one might do at work, from flipping burgers to understanding the most obscure abstract data, is a specific work function. Most careers involve combining a few different functions together. Everyone is born with a certain degree of talent for each of the hundreds of possible work functions. Think about it for a minute. Notice that there are some things that seem to come easily to you and others that are much more difficult to deal with. Your innate talent for any specific function may be anywhere from 100% to 1% on a scale of human ability.
Almost every person is naturally gifted at some things, adequate at others, and not so good at yet other functions. Your natural talents work together, like instruments in a band, to make your work harmonious and enjoyable. Those people who are very successful, who really like their work and have no trouble writing a powerful and sincere resume, are people who have discovered what they are naturally best at found a way to combine their talents and personality traits in a job that fits them like a custom-made suit.
It is as simple as that. If you uncover your natural talents and pick a job that combines them well, you will greatly increase the odds that you will wind up both very satisfied and very successful in your work. Then you can easily write a resume that honestly communicates that you are the best candidate for the job-because you know you are. The way to make this happen is to get your natural talents tested in our [Pathfinder Career Testing Program]LINK, a breakthrough method that has helped many thousands of people make the best possible career decisions.
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Our clients are intelligent, complex people who want to wake up in the morning looking forward to going to work, who realize that the way most people go about the career choice process is insufficient. Some of them know from first-hand experience that traditional career counseling methods are too primitive to be of much help.
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- Where am I going with my life?
- What careers would best fit my talents and personality?
- Can I find a career that fits me perfectly, involves work I care about, is realistic and attainable?
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“I just can’t thank you enough for the exciting changes your Career Choice Program (has) brought to my life.”
“I am much happier and earning much more than I was.”
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“Tremendous effect…on my business and personal life.”
“This was a definite turning point in my life.”
“After several years of indecision, the program empowered me to make a specific career choice.”
“I needed a 180 degree shift and the Rockport Institute turned me in the right direction.” “Expert guidance.”
“I am eagerly looking forward to doing something with my life that really feels right for me.”
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“The counseling sessions enabled me, step by step, to choose the one career and begin doing it.”
“Most of all, thank you for my power to decide, commit and act. I wish I had done this 25 years ago!” “…has helped me to choose to change my entire life–in a positive direction.”
“I was so pleased with the results of the program that I convinced my husband and several friends to also take the program. All of them have been equally satisfied.”
“I…warmly recommend the Rockport Institute to anyone who has a desire to make a career change or improve their present employment.”
“I was hoping for a miracle. I got one.”
“Many of the apprehensions about going into a new position have been eliminated.”
“I believe that the process at Rockport is a very successful way to face these issues, realize that one is not alone, and put what appears to be a crisis situation back into perspective. Only in that way can one begin to take action.”
“In my case, it did me a great deal of good to discover that many of my natural instincts in terms of career choice had been good all along; I just hadn’t had the self-confidence to trust them and move ahead.”
“The usefulness of my…program with Rockport continues to be apparent almost every day and the results have been extraordinary.”
“Very excited about this new career direction..”
“Since the program, the doubts which can be so immobilizing are gone, and now I know exactly what I’m going to do.”
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This resume writing guide is an excerpt from our national bestselling bookGo On to Part 6