Writing your own resume is hard. Here’s why.

Frustrated white female at her workplace.

Ever get frustrated trying to write your own resume?

Before I became a resume writer, I TOTALLY did. My thought was: "I'm a good writer. Heck, I was a writing tutor in college. Why is this so hard?"


➤ Most of us only write a resume a handful of times in our lives when we're seeking a change in job/career. You don't become really good at something by doing it a few times.

➤ Writing a resume is a drastically different type of writing than academic or creative. You could be REALLY good at those and feel lost writing your resume.

➤ You know the hardest thing to write about? Yourself. Being objective about your own accomplishments and putting them forth in a confident tone is dang near impossible.

Is it possible to write your own resume and win a job? Of course. I've done it several times, as have people I know. You probably have at some point, too.

But the longer your career, the harder it is to distill the most relevant accomplishments. Also, you're probably too busy to research resume best practices, write a draft, and edit/proofread it. Most people don't want to spend their free time writing or updating a resume. So when you're feeling overwhelmed and frustrated at the task and confused by all the conflicting information online, don't be embarrassed to seek help–that objective opinion can make a world of difference in the quality of your resume and save you a ton of time and aggravation!

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