The new book by Angela Lussier “The Anti-Résumé Revolution” can work as an inspiration for everyone, but most importantly for those who lost their job, those who are looking for a new or better job, those who are afraid of losing their job, or those who would like to take the big leap into self-employment.
As the title already suggests it is not about writing what one would consider a traditional résumé or starting a traditional job search. It is a work of art, a revolution, that will help you overcome the devastating blow of losing your job by reminding you of all the strengths and talents you have, gently guiding you away from losing your head or fall into a depression, to channeling your energy in activities that will build your self-esteem, determine your goal(s), what steps to take, which methods to use, and finally laying out a plan of action chopped up in digestible pieces and realistic goals.
She starts off by explaining why traditional methods are outdated and don’t work anymore and continues with introducing and explaining alternatives that, if you are prepared to go along for the ride, can lead to amazing results. Authenticity, eliminating doubt, building credibility and being honest build the foundation. Dare to be different. We all know that this can be quite difficult, especially if we desperately need a job, but done the right way, and Angela give some great tips, this can actually be your greatest advantage and greatest favor to yourself. From there she dives into topics such as building a network, how to do it (especially if you are uncomfortable approaching strangers), and why it is so important to have one. To branding yourself, why it is important to let people know what you can do for them, what services you have to offer, in which areas you succeeded. To language you should use or avoid in a résumé, how to prepare for an interview or any other important conversation for that matter, to make informed decisions or ask key questions. Last but not least you reach the pages where you landed your job and how to impress your employer and your colleagues. A tricky area, because many employees believe in being invisible and just fitting in is the best approach, however, Angela shows why this may not be your best bet and ways to shine and be seen as a real asset – and not just in your bosses eyes.
For the self-employee-to-be Angela provides some additional tools and tips based on her own experience. They may sound easy and mundane at first, but as soon as you read her chapter about Mistakes you will see how easily these simple but important rules can be forgotten in the heat of the action.
Angela knows that her approach is difficult “no one ever said change was comfortable”, because it means stepping outside your comfort zone, but her clear writing style, humor and personal touch make it easy to follow and a fun book to read. It is an adventure she takes the reader on, an adventure to finding fulfillment – and not just in your professional life. If you allow her ideas to enter your mind and life you will undoubtedly see change happen, change for the better. It is not a “one-fits-all” approach and she encourages us to manipulate her tools and ideas to make them work. Each one of us lives in different circumstances and has different goals in life, but these ideas are the tools to overcome what is called the “Lizard or Reptilian Brain” (an expression I stole form Seth Godin’s book Linchpin), the part of your brain that will always hold you back, because you are not sure what the outcome of your action(s) may be, what people may think of you. Please feel free to continue this list. It is a call for action! Action that will help us find a new job, a better job, a fulfilling job in a shorter period of time because we are different, and because we do things differently. But she also reminds us that we will only succeed if we define our goals, follow through with our action items and make them measurable, otherwise all these ideas remain a dream and unfulfilled.
If you are curious now and would like to read the book you can get it here. The book look like this:
…and if you like to see the making of, please click here.