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Posted by on Feb 19, 2013

Why Are Résumés’ So Damn Important Anyway?

Why Are Résumés’ So Damn Important Anyway?


We all need them – some are great – most aren’t. We all think we can write them ourselves – we are somewhat embarrassed to ask for help with them – No wants to take time to maintain them – or invest money into them – yet they are the crux of everything that matters to us.

Take a moment and think about it, from the time you enter Kindergarten, you are creating your résumé.  You go to school, you compete in sports, you participate in afterschool activities and you volunteer – all to create a good academic résumé’ so you can get a job or get into college. You go to college or to the military to create an educational background or experience so you can add that to your résumé’.

We lie on our résumé, we make things up, and embellish to make ourselves sound more important than we really are. We use empty descriptors to convince the audience that we’ve done waay more important things than we really have done.  And we do it all to enhance our quality of life, to buy nice things but nice thing require hard work – unless of course you are fortunate to be born to rich parents – and most of us aren’t.

A good résumé helps you have a good job, a good career, and a good life. You want to brag about your accomplishments when you are introduced to a room full of people, and most importantly when you meet that guy or girl of your dreams – BAM, you want to let them know you are accomplished and successful – basically you’re a BIG DEAL.

As a human resource professional, I’ve seen thousands of résumés; as a résumé writer I’ve written hundreds of them. There are literally thousands of different jobs, specialties and careers out there. We are a nation of resourceful, skilled and talented people – many of whom happen to have poorly written and designed résumés. It’s important that you have a good résumé because of all of the competition for job openings. When you consider that there are 12 million active seekers and an additional 10 million passive seekers (those are the folks who are working full time already but are looking for better jobs) that’s a bunch of resumes that a hiring manager receives.

I’m convinced most people KNOW that their résumé needs help; they are either too cheap or too prideful to get help. I finally understand, those that reach out for help with their resumes, understands the importance of a resume, they know what it means to have the best professional document – so they get help and they go on to get the best opportunities. You should too.

Résumés are so damn important because they are at the center of everything that we’re groomed to become and the lives we want to live. Résumés give us credibility and a sense of accomplishment.

What tools do you use to create your resume?

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About Christopher Fields

Chris Fields is a HR professional with 12 years experience as a practitioner and consultant, who blogs and dispenses great HR advice at his website Cost of Work. He's also a very good resume writer and career adviser. Connect with Chris via email at or on Twitter (@new_resource) and LinkedIN.

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