personal vs professional resumé

I’ve been playing around with this idea for a long time, but as you may be able to tell from the title, I’ve developed this idea of “personal resumes”.


So what exactly is a personal resume?

Just as people have their professional resumes with lists of their previous jobs and accomplishments pertaining to their profession, a personal resume is a list of previous activities and accomplishments you’ve accomplished that you are proud of and have developed you as a human-being.

A personal resume is basically the “other side” of your bucket list and serves as a way to motivate yourself to complete your bucket list, as well as show off all the cool things you’ve done and are proud of. Have you run a mile in under 6 minutes? Include that! Have you cooked your way through your favorite cookbook? Include that! Have you climbed a mountain or completed a hike you never thought you’d be able to complete? Include that! Nothing is too big or too small to include.

So how does one start their own personal resume?

  1. Grab a resume template (or design your own)
  2. Name & contact information is where you will put your name/contact information
  3. Under education, put your alma mater if you’re really proud to go/have gone there or put any certifications and/or other degrees that you’ve received that you want to show off
  4. Professional experience is where you will put all the cool things you’ve done. List as many as you can think of and don’t be modest!!
  5. Lastly, the skills section is where you can put any fun skills you have. That could be underwater basket weaving, land basket weaving, ability to finish an entire book in a day, ability to finish an entire tub of ice cream in a day, anything you can think of.

I hope this inspires you to think of and appreciate all the cool things you’ve done. And if you can’t think of any, then start doing those cool things right now!! I, along with many others, have always said, when you’re on your death bed, you’re not going to say, “I sure am glad I advanced in my career path.“. You’re going to want to say, “I sure am glad I climbed that damn mountain, even if it almost killed me.” So I encourage you, if you feel like you’re in a rut, to start living your life to the fullest and going after your dreams!!

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