Have you been obsessing over your resume for days, weeks or even months trying to figure out why the changes you keep making to the document aren’t getting you any more hits than before? Are you sending your resume to countless resume websites for “free critiques” hoping that one of them will give you the glorious advice you’ve been waiting for? Well don’t hold your breath. This is what we like to call ORD, or Obsessive Resume Disorder. The phenomenon occurs when a job seeker compulsively revises his or her resume over and over again and expects different results.
Albert Einstein once said, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” Psychology matters when it comes to searching for a job. Our personal attitudes and perceptions of ourselves are all part of the complexities of the human mind that we may never understand, even with modern science. While Albert may have been right in general, human nature makes it difficult for us to give up trying until we get what we want. However, this can be overcome with the right mindset. In fact, it must be overcome unless you want the same results you’ve been getting.
Three Tips to Stop Obsessing Over Your Resume
1. You have to STOP making changes to your resume. Give it some time to work before you obsess over another section and alter things. You might actually be doing more harm than good and eliminating items that the next hiring manager might really like to see.
2. Focus more on the types of jobs you are targeting and make sure you meet the qualifications/requirements of the position. We all have selective reading from time to time and if you are not reading the entire job announcement, you might be wasting your time applying to jobs you don’t even qualify for – regardless of how nice your resume looks.
3. If you’ve already tried both of the above and still aren’t getting job offers, there could be a more serious issue with the document and it might be time to call in the resume experts for a little TLC.
Obsessing over a resume is easy to do when it involves such an important document. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of jobs available that you probably meet the requirements for, but you just need to know when to stop relying on your own speculation and let a fresh set of eyes provide a new perspective.