Put Resilience on your Resume

Today’s society promotes young people to be interdependent with others. The Internet is full of advice on any topic you can imagine from a vast range of sources including blogs, personal websites, specialists, and forums. It is up to the reader to decide what advice to heed and what advice to disregard. Hopefully, my advice motivates my readers to strive for this personality trait and skill in a fashion that is relevant and beneficial for their personal goals and aspirations. This skill is a way of living not a one step process or answer to reaching success. It will be a process to integrate it into your life and a challenge to maintain on your journey but I am positive it will be beneficial. I was asked to participate in Webucator’s “Most Marketable Skill” campaign by sharing my opinion on an essential skill necessary for success after graduation. There are inevitably dozens of skills that are crucial to success but I feel there is one that encompasses and affects all other skills. It may sound trite but I truly believe the one skill that all successful people have in common is resilience.

Resilience can be applied in a personal sense and a professional sense. The job market today can seem like a rat race, a vicious jungle, or a comical circus act. There are so many young people with college degrees, respectable internships, impressive extra curricular activities and laundry lists of achievements. How do you set yourself apart? Resilience. How do you display your resilience? You admit your weaknesses but articulate how you are working to make them better. You continue to tirelessly apply for job positions and interviews that you are passionate about, no matter how many times you are turned down. You accept criticism from mentors, future employers, current employers and co-workers; but instead of coming up with excuses, you come with proactive techniques to improve yourself, your work ethic or whatever has been called into question. You are proactive instead of reactive because you are not afraid to make mistakes.

Resilient people are not intimidated by challenges because they know how to handle defeat. Resilient people do not simply accept defeat but acknowledge their mistakes or shortcomings and try to do better the next time. Resilient people can communicate with others about difficult subject matters. They can express their emotions, their aspirations, and their failures. Resilient people know that just because they were not considered an asset to a certain company, organization or employer does not mean they can’t be somewhere else. Resilient people are confident, empathetic, and hardworking. Resilient people inspire others to keep trying and to overcome their own adversities. Every employer should look for employees who are resilient because they will be indispensable contributors to their team.

If you are trying to become more resilient, begin with your attitude. You don’t have to be an optimist but it is a sure fire way of overcoming difficulties. Think of every situation, good or bad, as temporary and purposeful. You should acknowledge the strength in doing small, minute things with great care and passion. If you need to improve your skills there are always resources to help you do so. No matter what field of work you choose to explore, being able to bounce back when life knocks you down is critical for success and happiness. If you radiate an aura of resilience you will attract others attention, respect and gain self-satisfaction. If you are resilient in your attitude and actions, success will be well within your reach! No matter what the world throws at you, catch it, grow from it, and throw it back even harder!

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