Does Your Resume Do You Justice?

As an academic, I’ve noticed that much of academic writing is valuable for other researchers, but far less valuable for managers and business people. As a business writer, it’s always been my goal to produce material that people in business find important and useful. I cannot describe the intrinsic reward I earn whenever I get positive feedback from a business person who has enjoyed my work.

That’s why, in addition to my “real job,” I have been offering resume writing services “on the side.” And that’s why the following quote from an actual client was so great to read:

“If any of you are looking for someone to design a professional resume, see Doc Phil. Seriously. I thought he was exaggerating when he stated it was great, but that actually was an understatement.”

My exact words to him before I handed it over were a quote from Adrian and Mickey in Rocky III: “It’s beautiful. Definitely a thing of beauty.”

Let me know if you want me to transform your resume from a simple document into a “thing of beauty.”

© 2013, Dr. Phil Bryant

Dr. Bryant is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbus State University and co-author of Managing Employee Turnover.



Filed under Management Musings

5 responses to “Does Your Resume Do You Justice?

  1. Robert Glass

    Writing is important up to the point that you receive your first break into the business world. You will want your resume to standout from the other applicants, and show that you are the right person for the job. Once you have been hire by a company, it is now time for your talents and skill to shine. Not to mention there have been people who were hired for jobs with them just being asked to work for a company. Upon graduating college the connections that you have can have a big influence on where you end up at. While writing does have its place in the business world, it is the connections and skills that you have that will make a bigger difference.

  2. Laquita Mathis

    I agree, writing isn’t as valuable to business people once you have been offered a position. Writing is more valuable to managers or businessman when choosing the best candidate for an opening, that’s when your resume and cover letter has to stand out from the rest. For example; There are two applicants, they have met all requirements and both candidates are perfect for the job. So the question is, who gets the job? This is when writing comes in. Even though both applicants equally qualify for the opening, the employer is most likely to go with the best writer.

  3. Prof:
    I totally agree with you. In the business world writing does not get you far at all. The important thing is who you are connected with and the skills you possess. Once you get connected and begin to work your way up the totem pole, things become a little bit easier, but before any of that happens, your resume’ will more than likely be examined thoroughly by employers. Ones resume’ should be well crafted and should demonstrate the skills that person possesses. Ultimately, writing isn’t all that important in the world of business but being able to write serves as a solid foundation.

  4. Kiana Nicholson


    You are right: writing is less significant in the business world. It is more about getting to the position with business, and less about the writing; however, the writing that causes one to acquire the job (application letter and resume) is critical and ultimately leaves and outstanding impression. I have seen a multitude of jobs, receiving multiple applications a day, throw plenty out due to faulty writing. With the help of my writing in the workplace professor, the career development center, and purdue owl, I was able to construct a sound resume that has helped me acquire quite a few interviews. Since writing in the business world is not as important, someone who is able to perform and write properly will be able to stand out that much more and distinguish themselves from competitors.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, Kiana. I agree that we have less opportunity to write in business than either previous generations or other careers. But there are still a few holdouts (me being one) that make negative attributions of the author when faced with poor writing.

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