Seems like a lot of my friends are looking for work right now (thankfully their choice!) and so I’ve been spending time with some of them talking about resumes. What strikes me in these conversations, is how much writing a resume is like crafting a short story, or a scene in a novel.
You want to be concise. You want to be easily understood. You want to sell the reader a picture of your experience and skills.
The latter of these things – the personal ‘spin’ aspect – is very close to fiction, not because you are making things up (which is a baaaad idea in a resume), but because you are crafting sentences to maximise their impact, and forming them into a narrative. You even create a little setting for each role you list.
And ultimately, the you portayed in a resume is a kind of character, because it’s only ever the work-related PR version of yourself.