Making A List
I was recently updating my resume / CVand wondering what all could go in it. The fun thing about writing a resume / CVis that we can go back a few years of our lives and think of all the achievements we have made in our lives and present it in a form of paper. It is almost like bragging about yourself but without the tag of being an irritating bugger who brags :P.
A couple of days ago, we wrote a post on why we should brag about ourselves a bit. It is not actually bragging, it is more of marketing and we all should be able to do that well, atleast in the current day world. Here is a post on how you can effectively brag 🙂 – Bragging isn’t necessarily bad.
And esp if you are looking at a performance review with your boss, there is no way you can be the simpleton, you got to be a little assertive – Tackling a performance review in office
1) What all can go into the resume / CV?
At the onset, it looked like a very simple deal, I mean how hard is it to write those things in my life which have happened in the past two years and those things which I am quite proud of. Well as it turned out, it was much harder than I imagined.
So I thought, I would make a list of all the things I had done, I made two categories – personal where I talked about all the achievements which I had made like the books I had read, exams I had cleared, movies watched, friends made, new tricks learnt, etc etc.
But to be honest, an employer is not going to care about that. But I did it anyway, it did feel very good writing about myself 🙂
2) Listing professional and personal achievements
Then came a list of professional achievements which like you can imagine are much shorter than the personal ones! Turns out even this list was bigger than what I had imagined.
A lot of those things which I had shunned as completely useless were actually quite commendable and in fact I firmly believe that they can help create an impression!
3) Integrating the professional and personal achievements
After having done these things, it was the time to integrate the two and provide a consolidated report.
A resume / CV sometimes gets a little tricky cos it has to have a fair mix of who you are professionally and also give an idea as to what kind of a person you are so that it helps the interviewer get a good glimpse of you before you guys get to start talking about you!
Somehow I managed to do it and there it was, a freshly prepared copy of my resume / CV which is not going out for any interviews. I just did it for the sake of doing it.
4) It made me feel good looking at the long list
While I proudly look at it and see what all I have done, I realize that it was a fascinating experience to remember what all has been done in the past two years of my life.
The resume / CV although was a very short glimpse, the idea of making it, making a list of all the good things I have done in the last one year, trying to focus on the achievements was nothing short of a glory.
It felt that I was acknowledging every act of mine and was patting my back cos I felt so good about it!
5) Appreciating ourselves for the little things
That makes me think, how often do we set out a time where we appreciate ourselves for the things we have done, the small things like being a reason for someone to smile, helping an old person push a cart or a blind person cross the road, offering our unconditional support for someone in struggle, getting ourselves over our small fears like riding a cycle or standing up to ourselves or sending food back in a restaurant cos it sucked and so many things.
I mean there are so many fascinating things that go on in our lives that we don’t even set out time to acknowledge cos we are too busy being caught up in something else?
What if we set out, say about 5 mins a day where we make a list of what all we have done in the previous day, to identify how we have improved from our former self?
6) Here is why you should keep doing it a little more often
Does that make you feel happy? Does that make you feel a little more confident about yourself? Does that make you feel that your life is a lot more rewarding than you give it credit for?
I am not asking us to avoid all the negatives in life, all the things that are wrong with us. They will be there, staring at us and we spend an enormous amount of time on them.
But do we do that for the positives as well? Now that’s something to think about isn’t it?r
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