You guys seem to like it when I create personal development exercises for you, so here’s another bad boy to get you thinking:
Personal Development Resume
When you apply for a job, there are certain things employers want to know before hiring you. Will you be the right candidate based on your strengths? Do you have the right educational background and willingness to learn more? Depending on what the job description is, you’ll want to make certain features of your resume stand-out so that you can get hired.
But what if the job description is as simple as “be the best you can be”? And what if the job you are applying for is life itself?
Optimize Your Life
If you want to optimize your life, you need to live in alignment. One way to do that is by aligning your goals (i.e. setting up multiple goals that move you in the same direction in life. To ensure create goals that are in alignment, you must use your strengths to your advantage and develop your weaknesses to make you stronger. But, if you watched this week’s YouTube video, you know that there are strategies involved in taking those 3 steps. That said, if you want to optimize your life, strategize for success, and align your goals, build your personal development resume by following the steps below.
Step 1: Cover Letter
Let’s start by opening up my free personal development template.
It’s a Microsoft Words template that will allow you to add in your information and make all the changes you want.
The cover letter is my favourite part. This is the section where you get to decide integrate the job description (a.k.a. your life goals) with what you already bring to the table.
Since this is your life, start off by addressing the letter to yourself. List some of your goals for the future. They can be big or small, short-term or long-term. Using your characteristics and skills as strengths, briefly explain, using examples, why you are capable of achieving these goals in the future. This cover letter is your motivation for bettering yourself. Get creative and don’t be afraid to dream big. But just like any job, you need to be willing to work hard and learn.
P.S. Make sure you use my template and physically write this out. The template will give you guidance and writing it out will make your goals and willingness to achieve them, concrete.
Step 2: Employment Goals and Experience
Now it’s time to get more specific. I want you to come up with one or more employment or business goal(s) for yourself. And then more importantly, write out the qualities you need to achieve your goal(s). The easiest way to do this…? Google a job description.
Copy and paste that description. What qualities do you embody and which do you need to improve? This is important because you will return to these qualities later. You could even have a friend or family member give you constructive criticism in this area (provided you are able to take the criticism).
*side note: like this post if you want me to do a future post on dealing with criticism in life*
Make some points on how you already embody some of these qualities (feel free to use your past employment as an example).
And if you’re wondering if you can have more than one employment goal? Hell yeah you can! In fact, I’d encourage more goals. Considering breaking down your goals into front line employer, supervisor, manager, and director positions. Or you can talk about how you want to be a blogger and you want to be a speaker. Doing this breakdown of multiple goals may actually help you decipher which goals are best suited for you.
Step 3: Educational Goals and Experience
This category is not exclusive to mainstream or traditional forms of education. I want you to include self education goals as well. Do you want to graduate school with a certain designation? Or maybe you want to start listening to more podcasts and reading more books.
Maybe you want to write a non-fiction book. I once heard someone say, that the best way to educate yourself on a topic is to write a book about it. And don’t forget about the fun sh*t in your life. Maybe you want to get educated on (a.k.a. learn) a new hobby like sewing, drawing, painting, archery, or graphic design.
Now once you have these goals written down, start listing off reasons you can achieve these goals and what additional work you can do to meet these goals (and just like the previous step, do some research on these items). Reasons you can achieve a goal can include qualities you already have, qualities you are willing to learn, and free time you have to learn them. As a result, have you ruled-out any educational goals or put the on the back-burner to tackle later? Will achieving any of these goals help you reach your employment goals?
By not spreading yourself thin and aligning each section of the personal development resume, you will likely achieve more success in one area.
Step 4: Leadership Involvement
In a normal resume, this section would be filled with your volunteer experience, any relevant conferences you attended, and any groups you’ve captained or events you’ve organized. These are supplemental items to show-off your well-round personality, dedication to work, and will to succeed.
So for this resume we are going to do the same thing… List areas in your life that require leadership from you. Use past examples as learning experiences and think of future examples to propel you to change. Having the qualities of a leader might be important for reaching your other goals – can you think of which qualities you can improve and how you are going to do that?
Keep in mind that you don’t have to be a manager or a CEO to be a leader; there will be times in your life such as in your relationships, in the workplace, on the sports field, etc, that will require you to be a leader. Communication, listening, curiosity, and assertiveness are only some of the qualities of a leader. Do you embody them? Will improving any of them help you better yourself and therefore better your relationships?
Step 5: Certificates and Achievements
Acknowledge your achievements. Have you taken initiative to complete a course not mentioned above, or have you been acknowledged for excelling in a particular area?
Sometimes we focus so heavily on our goals, that we discount what we’ve already achieved in our lives. Take this time to honour your strengths.
Step 6: Interview
Once you complete you resume, take some time to reflect on your work. If you were being interviewed for life, what will you tell the interviewer so that you get the position?
And, wouldn’t you want to put in the necessary work to get the job?
Your resume demonstrates that you know what you want in life… but are you willing to take the steps to actually get what you want? The only person you have to convince is yourself – I hope you do so with passion and heart.
Hopefully this resume will help you find alignment and focus in your life. Let me know if you enjoyed this exercise, and as always, Happy Monday!
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