Why We Shouldn’t Write Our Resumes


I’ve been feeling pretty down about myself lately.

We all go through it. Life can just suck sometimes. People are mean, we beat ourselves up, we regret our reactions or lack thereof, and we beat ourselves up again. That may just be me but I doubt it.

You’re probably thinking, “Jeez, Molly, thanks for the pick-me-up.” Bear with me. It gets better.

What valid question you will probably be asking next is what this has to do with resume-writing. I’ll explain.

The act of sitting down and summing up your achievements, qualifications, and experience in attempt to land a job worthy of you is daunting in the least. Unless you’re someone who has won a trophy for every breathing moment of your life, you probably don’t think of most of what you do as something you do well. You probably assume that getting something done is what you’re just supposed to do instead of you doing something successfully.

Finishing those reports on time, showing up when no one else did, or running a household are things you just do. Quantifying those things on paper, and thereby patting yourself on the back, for something you see as normal, must-do behavior can seem excessively grandiose and congratulatory.

It’s not excessive, but, if you’re like me and like a lot of us, our biggest critic is our own mind; talking down our achievements or flat-out ignoring the successes we’ve made. What we see as “getting it done because we have to” can be and should be viewed as “getting things done successfully.” Most of the time we don’t.

A resume is a marketing tool. You’re marketing yourself, but if marketing yourself is something you don’t think you’re worthy of doing, writing a resume can be an exercise in frustration. And it shows. Because most of us are inherently bad at even knowing what we’re good at.

Everyone can use some help in drawing out/directing/bringing-to-light in order to quantify all the amazing things we do every day. We need help in remembering that time no manager was on duty but we solved that crisis anyway. We need help in reminding ourselves about all that time we stayed late to digitize that antiquated paper-based system on our own. We need a kick-in-the-pants to boast that we fed and clothed a family of six within a tiny budget month after month with room to spare.

And why no one should write their own resume. In the end, you are, of course, responsible for your own final content and writing, but most of us would benefit greatly with help. Often it takes someone outside of ourselves to show us how our everyday tasks are really milestone successes.

Not everyone can do what we do yet, we assume, not only that they can but that they do it better. It’s simply not true. We are successful and we’re good at what we do. We just don’t know it yet.

Stay tuned…





Tight lips, no judging

It’s been a long time since I’ve raised my head around here. A long time since I’ve gollumed into view from between dark places to appear on the “interwebs”. It’s only because I’ve been editing. Editing, not writing. And it’s writing that gets all the glory.

The biggest problem of marketing great editing is that I am expected to show them something to prove it.

That becomes difficult when the last thing any client wants is for me to use their rough drafts as examples.

“As you can see, the misuse of the word, ‘there’ was wrong 89% of the time in this unauthorized sharing of their manuscript with you. Proving that I’m not only a gossip but an unethical creep.”

Who would hire someone like that? When even the act of asking someone to edit your work is like opening your chest and baring your heart? No one. Because it takes immense courage to open that vulnerable place and let a stranger in without having to worry about becoming the bad example. So, when it comes to provable work-pieces, I’m not sharing sh*t.

I’m not, by any means, suggesting that sharing is common in this field. At all. I’m only explaining my lack of original content lately.

Because there just isn’t enough time to create something good when you’re helping someone else create perfection.

It’s because of my dedication to you, dear readers and clients, that I sacrifice…having more reads readers to not read…my…Hey! It makes sense in my head. You get the idea.

Molotov Ink is alive and well. Contact me any time.

P.S. If you’re interested in some comprehensive background internet research too, contact me.

Again, tight lips, no judging.

Molly Knop






Announcing the Launch of Animal Parts!

The highly anticipated new novel, Animal Parts A Peter Romero Mystery, is launching out into the world this April 10th. Please enjoy the video for news on this exciting event!

Book Launch party and planning, cover design, movie design, and artwork are all products and services of Molotov Ink.

Music by: “Feral Chase” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

For more information on Animal Parts, please click here to be directed to www.DavidEKnop Books.com.

A Molotov Ink Poll

How do you like to work/play/write? Just curious. It also helps if you’re a client; it opens up my communication options greatly.

The Word Explosion Begins

Nighttime napalm fire cropped-ed

This site is going to be full of over-used, hackneyed expressions about things blowing up.

But don’t think of it as a form of destruction. Think of it like a Phoenix rising up out the ashes…new beginnings.

Pretty awesome, isn’t it. It is. It’s basic and simple but powerful; like all good things.


Molly “Molotov Cocktail” Knop