During this time, I've reviewed thousands of resumes and made many countless hiring decisions.
Which, by default, makes me the resume doctor for everyone that knows me.
You see, whenever a friend, a friend's friend, their husband, their wives, their kids, their friends are looking for a job, I'm the first person they call when they need help with their resume.
Irrespective of where they are in their careers, there's all this insecurity and anxiety when it comes to their resume.
Why do people get so nervous about something so silly as updating a resume?
We've all been there, up late at night, trying to apply for that dream role, obsessing over each bullet point and detail.
As if, if we spend 20 more minutes on the resume, it'll somehow be perfect.
好像我们在简历上再花上 20 分钟，它就完美了。
It will become the ideal resume.
As if the ideal resume exists.
It doesn't, it's very subjective.
And because of that, there's so much conflicting information.
Depending on who you ask, resume should only be one page long.
Others say two pages long.
Others suggests a summary or objectives.
Others say try and make it visually pleasing.
You can't have too much white space, but if you have too much text, it just looks too busy.
And then there's all these articles online that deep dive into the minutia all the way to the absurd when it comes to resumes, arguing about things like font psychology and how using a sexy font like Arial or Calibri -- will better serve you in your job search versus a boring one like Times New Roman.
就简历这一话题，网上有一堆抠细节到离谱的文章，宣扬“字体心理”这些玩意儿，Arial 或 Calibri这种性感的字体怎么……对你的求职过程更有帮助，而不是用 Times New Roman这样无聊的字体。
Who would have thought that that would have any correlation with how good you could do the job?
And the absurdity continues.
Hobbies and interests.
Do you include them, or do you leave them out?
If you leave them out, does it make your resume look too impersonal?
If you leave them in, what if your hobbies are weird?
What if you enjoy dressing up like Pokemon characters or collecting Beanie Babies?
Will that cost you a job?
During the entire time, as you're spiraling down this rabbit hole, you're not questioning the tool or the process itself.
You're questioning yourself.
Is it me?
Am I the problem?
The answer is no.
Resumes are a terrible metric for assessing who you are at work, and the world of work is constantly evolving.
There was a time, 10 years into your career, you had two to three jobs at most.
曾几何时，你工作了 10 年，最多只干过两到三份工作。
Now it's common for people to change jobs once every year and have multiple side hustles, too.