Résumé at 16?

The only genuine manuscript that documents our entire existence, highlights our selfless contribution to mankind and provides one with a remote sense of self-importance is the traditional résumé. Quintessentially speaking, it is almost as important as our birth certificate or passport, and is the only real indication that we have accomplished, if anything, in life.

It is what gets us our first job, our first promotion and loosely translates into a bio-data for the South-Asian community (with additions such as biological and physical attributes) for favorable, marriageable prospects. If required in all walks of life, why then do we put off creating our first resume until it’s too late?

And in any case, the first document is always a draft that needs to be reworked, revisited and reformed before it can qualify as a masterpiece. Surprisingly enough, as an unfinished work of art, we continue to modify the layout, structure and content of our resumes every few months. And with the millennial trend of the young generation working in part-time jobs, it is increasingly  essential that they maintain a professional record right from the onset. So by the time they reach employable age, arbitrarily 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 refurbishments.

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One intrinsic benefit of creating a resume early is the visual portrayal of our achievements that can only inspire us to do more. It doesn’t matter if your first resume only fills out half a page, but the resulting self-realization that the remaining spaces need to be filled. So unless you build that first resume, you wouldn’t recognize what you need to do before you get your first job, or that first jump!

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. By the time you finish university and are looking for your first ‘real’ job, you already have some paid / unpaid professional experience, participation certificates and a relevant skill-set which automatically tiers you in higher standing. 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!

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