Reckless Abandon

Every once in a while I get totally inspired by another blog. Today is one of those days and the blogger who inspired me is Seth Godin. Reckless Abandon is the title of today's blog.

It's super short, so do read it first. Seth is a marketer, and since resumes, etc., are self-marketing pieces, his blogs often inspire me.

Sometimes I bet hiring a professional resume writer, at a premium fee, who you've never met and likely never will, who as far as you know exists only on the internet, can absolutely feel like reckless abandon. And throwing that old, faithful servant, your existing resume, into the trash might feel like that too!

But might I suggest that sometimes it's absolutely necessary?

If that old resume isn't landing you any interviews, or only landing interviews for jobs you don't really want (maybe below your capabilities?), maybe it's just old and tired, outdated and ineffective? Maybe the trash is exactly where it needs to go?

If your own skills are not able to improve that cliched resume, maybe it's worthwhile taking a chance on an unknown, remote-from-you resume strategist?(Hey, I admit that I can't do your job and believe me, not everyone is a good writer, and even fewer know how to write strategically.)

If you're thinking about hiring a professional, do "google" my name to assure yourself that I'm not only real, but really good at what I do! :-) Forgive me if that doesn't sound humble. There was a time when I wasn't particularly skilled at anything in my life - I was a pretty good cook, a decent staff member, an avid crafter, but an expert in anything? No. Once I discovered that I loved to write and then tapped into the world of resumes, I took off! And yes, I am now an expert. I can own that title.

Reckless abandon is sometimes the perfect strategy to better things! Here's another one: I left a good-paying, pensioned position to be self employed, which would fit some people's definition of "reckless abandon," but I don't regret it. Rather than reckless, it was self-discovery and far from abandoning anything, again, I found myself.

Well, I think that's enough of that early-morning ramble! On to my day of interview coaching, editing and emailing a recent client's resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn, and a wrap up call with another recent client, before I can call it a day! Have a good one .... Stephanie

Invitation to a Journaling Event

I love to write resumes. It's not the act of composing bullets, launching the message of each with a strong and specific verb following it with appropriate key words and phrases ... it's what the resume achieves on my client's behalf that I really love. Helping people land better jobs, dream jobs, better paying jobs, or ones that align with their motivations, ethics, and interests - that's what drives my enjoyment.

But, I do love to write. Cover letters, professional biographies, and this blog bring me more writing joy than the resume itself, but still, it's a particular genre of writing and as I said, I do love to write.

On Wednesday, March 4th, for those who live in Waterloo Region, I will be leading a journaling event. You can check out the details on the Waterloo Public Library Schedule of Events page. (Make sure you scroll to March.)

Beginning at 6:30 and concluding at 8:30, I will walk you through a journaling ritual. It's based on my experience of Mary Ann Moore's writing circles. Mary Ann is a delightful poet who lives in beautiful Nanaimo, B.C., one of my favourite places on this planet! And she is my journaling mentor.

Journaling is my go-to writing form for diving deep within and getting in touch with me. To quote Mary Ann:

Do you wonder in the midst of your busy life, whether you are fulfilling your purpose and if so, just what is that purpose?

If you're curious to explore how journaling can lead you to self-discovery, uncover hidden truths, and promote self-healing, growth, and in my experience, an incredible lightness of spirit, please join me! Here's a link to the registration form for this particular event.

Although no writing skill is needed, a fondness for putting pen to paper is recommended.