Should You Try to Boost Your Resume? | Scott H Young - Deepstash
Should You Try to Boost Your Resume? | Scott H Young

Should You Try to Boost Your Resume? | Scott H Young

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The Larger Idea Behind Boosting Your Resume

The Larger Idea Behind Boosting Your Resume

Should you try to boost your resume? While the answer appears simple that anyone would like to work on getting credentials and experiences that look good on paper, the larger question includes a bigger set of problems:

Should you do things because they look impressive to other people?

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Not Trying to Please People

An argument for not trying to please people: You should never work on something with the sole purpose of adding it to your resume.

  • The benefit of this outlook is it makes you highly independent. Satisfaction comes from within, not from other's opinions of you.
  • The downside is that you need to deal with people. Trying not to please people might isolate you and your ideas. You might need to get a degree if your dream job requires a degree, even if the degree itself is worthless.

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Boosting Your Resume: An Argument for Marketing

The world is driven by marketing. When you interact with other people, you need to know how to sell yourself. This means that you would want to fill your resume with activities that look good.

  • Instead of being focused on yourself, you craft an authentic story around yourself that is driven by a strategy.
  • The downside is that its hard to separate your independence from what other people think of you, knowing that you need to market to them.

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Deciding Between Independence and Marketing

How can we focus on independently deciding our actions and quality of life, when so much of our lives are spent interacting with other people?

  • Independence and marketing can coexist. Pick activities you find interesting, then strive for the awards. When you have to write the resume, work with what you already have.
  • Start with the goals you need to reach your dreams, then work backwards. If the steps involve pleasing people, do them. If some steps require pursuing your own actions, then do them.

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