The only genuine manuscript that documents our entire existence, highlights our contribution to mankind and gives us a remote sense of self-importance is the résumé. Quintessentially speaking, it is almost as important as our birth certificate or passport, being the only real indication that we have accomplished, if anything, in life. The resume is what gets us our first job, our promotion and loosely translates into a bio-data for the South-Asian community (with additions such as biological and physical attributes) for seeking marriageable prospects. If required in all walks of life, why then do we put off creating our first resume until it’s too late?
In any case, the first document is always a draft that needs to be reworked, revisited and reformed before it can remotely qualify as a masterpiece. Surprisingly enough, even then we will always keep modifying the layout, structure and content of our resumes for the most part of our lives. And going by the not-so-recent trend of the young millennial generation working part-time jobs fresh out of school, it is increasingly becoming essential that they maintain a professional record of their accomplishments right from the onset. By the time they reach employable age, which can arbitrarily be set at 18 in the United Arab Emirates, you would have at best a one-page resume that you are not only proud of, but is a product of several edits and renovations.
One intrinsic benefit of creating a resume early enough is the visual portrayal of our achievements only inspires us to do more. It doesn’t matter if your first resume barely fills out half a page, but the importance is the self-realization that the remaining blank spaces need to be filled out. Volunteering at community events, summer classes to learn a new trade, apprenticeships, or just being involved in pro bono events can garner invaluable industry experience, all while embellishing your resume. So unless you build that first resume, you wouldn’t recognize all the work you need to do before you get your first job, so that you can land your first job!
Significantly enough, with the resume mind-mapping all your feats, accomplishments and intellectual potential in one place, it doubles up to serve as a motivator and navigator in all our personal decisions. For instance, once you’ve filled up that blank space on your first resume, the pride with which you can now show it off will only motivate you to achieve better records, and work with bigger brands. By the time you finish university and are looking for your first ‘real’ job, you already have some paid or unpaid professional experience, participation certificates and a relevant skill-set which automatically tiers you in higher standing than other applicants your age. Not only are you more likely to apply for the right job, but even more likely to get it.
In the eyes of a recruiter, with your now-professional resume, a fresh college graduate is essentially a work-ready candidate, and ready to take on the world!