What’s a resume?
A resume is a summary of your goals, skills, and achievements.  (And not a space for you to brag about yourself). Here are a few writing drills to help you write a resume.

List three goals you want to achieve by end of the day
Be honest and keep it simple.  Example:

  • Eat pizza
  • Watch Game of Thrones
  • Get laid

List three goals that help you achieve the goals listed above
Example:

  • Have more money to spend on dates
  • Nicer body
  • New ride

List three goals that help you achieve the goals listed above
This drill helps you to understand the process it takes to reach your goals so you can map out what needs to be done. You can continue this drill as much as you want. Eventually,  think about longer term goals.  For instance:

List three goals you want to achieve over the next year
Repeat what you did above for “end of the day” goals. Once this drill is exhausted, you can broaden your timeline to, say, “decade” or by a certain age or by the end of your life.  Up to you how far you want to take this drill.

Drills to help you anticipate your reader
Good writers anticipate the reader. Try to understand the reader’s perspective.  To begin with, consider cliches. What common phrases are other people putting on their resume?  Imagine how the reader feels about reading resumes full of cliches.

List 10 cliches people use to describe themselves
I’ll start with two, you finish the rest:

  • Love to laugh
  • Great communication skills

How do you feel about cliches? What do you think about those who use them?

List 10 cultural cliches
I’ll start with three, you finish:

  • Knowledge is power!  (uh, no it’s not)
  • Treat others as you want to be treated (not everyone wants what you want)
  • Personal is the political
  • .

This drill isn’t hard once you get going. Do it with friends!

Point of “cliche” drills
It trains you to stand out.  To stand out, you have to be aware of what other people are doing and ask if they’re doing it right.