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The Humble Beginnings of Résumés by J. Tyler


The Humble Beginnings of Résumés by J. Tyler

Justin Tyler


Ever since I was a child, I noticed how people were excited about their network of friends and affiliations with people.  The adults in my community would always brag about their knowledgeable family lawyer, their wonderful get-me-more-money-than-I-thought-I would-receive accountant and the perfect-every-time-hairline barber.  So, from an early age, I saw these connections as powerful relationships and a way to gain competitive advantage.   Fast forward to college graduation and my talent started to showcase itself in the form of résumé writing.  Steadily, this marked the starting point in which I wanted to become the help-people-land-interviews résumé writer in various social circles.


Since high school, I was known for my creative writing and trysts of verbal expression.  In addition, I have always harbored a knack for helping people succeed.  Writing always was an effortless task for me, but when I wrote my first résumé at the age of 21, a surprising obsession for résumé writing was born.  No, I was not a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW) at this time. not yet.  No, I did not have a business designed around this passion; not yet.  Nevertheless, résumé writing was the first activity/task/undertaking that I organically loved and truly wanted to do more of.


At first glance (and perhaps a second or a third glance), how could anyone be excited about writing résumés?!  Yes, there is pain associated with writing résumés, especially preparing your own.   Yes, this type of writing can be dry, not-as creative and utterly mundane to the masses.  And yes, résumé writing is not glorious and possesses a tedious approach to detail that I wouldn’t wish on my closest enemy.  However, I have never thought about résumé writing in this manner and genuinely find a particular art to courting the attention of hiring managers/recruiters.  Not everyone is skilled in this space or they simply do not care to pursue this endeavor.  Thus, I thought it would be wise to stand out as the red car on a semi-congested highway of white vehicles. 


As a CPRW, it is vital to partner with my clients and help them paint their future through résumé writing.   The blank Microsoft Word document is the canvas.  Naturally, the objective is to craft a professional account of work experience (current job, previous jobs, volunteer experience, leadership opportunities), skills (industry-related, management v. non-management, transferable competencies), interests (areas of concerns, subject focus) and palatable personality traits (interpersonal communication, planning/organization, problem solving) that depicts why a professional is qualified for the position.  The cover letter should naturally complement a résumé while providing a personal touch and notable first impression to employers.  Arguably, a well-designed résumé and cover letter are the most valued pieces of paper found in a professional’s portfolio.


It is sincerely an honor to help people develop their résumés and cover letters properly.  Through these experiences, there is also the opportunity to learn from the people that I partner with.  I push clients to think about all aspects pertaining to their résumé and cover letter while they continually force me to think about new approaches to present a winning narrative that make employers take action.   To this day, positioning people for career success is just as strong of a passion as it was years ago.  In the end, my mantra is forever simple: “Your career. My mission.”


J. Tyler