#66 Your resume isn’t hopelessJun 25, 2020
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Maybe this is you. Maybe you get a good three year run at a job. Or maybe more if it’s ideal. But maybe you get however far you get and then your mental health decides to nose-dive into a shallow pool. How long should you wait to get recovered and get back out there?
For some, the answer to this question is painfully long and complicated. When you have a bipolar disorder, sometimes the last thing you have confidence in is your ability to work a decent job. And then a few months off turns into a few years. And that creates a “gap” in your work history, which is the greatest sin to reveal in on your resume as you job hunt.
What can be done about this terribly common occurrence? On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike digs deep into a listener question and comes out with a couple of examples on how that “gap” in your resume might not even be a big deal.
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- Some people have to have a job. But when you’ve got a bipolar disorder, it is exceptionally important to also want one in the first place.
- When rebuilding your resume, classify work gaps as either “Continuing Education” or “Leave of Absence”. And frame it in a positive light.
- If you are looking for some visual examples of a resume from a person with bipolar, you can borrow Mike’s recent updates (download here) and copy the format for yourself.
Lifer Discussion Guide
Use the questions in today’s Lifer Guide to help you out with the subject of resume building, job hunting, and all the fun hoops to jump through just to get a job!
“Lifers” are special people who have unwavering faithfulness. This assures you that they’ll stick around through all the highs and lows that are normal for a life with mental health challenges. If you haven’t nominated a lifelong family member or friend as part of your non-medical support team, what are you waiting for? :-)
1) When was the first time you had to write a resume? / Did it get you the job?
2) What parts of your resume are the scariest to think about updating?
3) What in your work gap(s) can you classify as “Continuing Education”?
4) What in your work gap(s) can you classify as “Leave of Absence”? / And how will you talk about that in a positive sense if and when you are asked about it in the interview?
5) How do you balance “need to work” with “want to work”? / What about this is challenging for you?
Join the Tribe!
Once you’ve had a chance to talk or journal about these things you might have a question from this episode. If so, make sure you head on over to The Bipolar Now Podcast Group on Facebook! There’s quite a few people looking to take on their resume with fresh eyes and new thinking. And we’d love for you to share your resume writing experience with us when you’re ready. So don’t miss out!
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