A “traditional” resume looks backward into your work history, creating the story of what you’ve already done… and little more. It’s like a historical document. To embrace the OTHER job market, however, you’ll need to create a forward looking “story” of what YOU CAN DO. Ideally, your resume “story” should allow the reader to see you as a perfect fit for the opportunity’s requirements and expectations. Write for the reader!
Target your accomplishments, such as increased sales and profits, reductions in costs, etc. Focus on achievements that support your qualifications for your job goal. Are you challenged in finding the right words?
LinkedIn can be a valuable tool for you to use in self-assessment. Access the LinkedIn Profiles of other professionals like you… experiment by searching for a person like you in LinkedIn. KEYWORDS become personalized phrases by incorporating adjectives and adverbs that uniquely FIT you…
Those phrases should be confirmed for the reader and listener with high-impact accomplishment statements (behavioral evidence, like the bulleted information in a well written resume)… a well-‘crafted’ accomplishment statement can trigger appropriate questions that allow you to expand on your strengths, with…
…positive, supportive examples, elements of your career story—PROOF of your value proposition.
To achieve a good “careerFIT” between you and any future opportunity, you have to ask yourself some basic questions about yourself and your prospective employers. The fit depends on how well the jobs meets your needs and how well your skills and abilities meet the employer’s needs.
The employer will make a decision and extend an offer to you: now it is time for you to make your decision. Write out the factors that are important to you in a job… actually write out your list. During your career transition, learn the value of setting your offer criteria, a key element of your Personal Market Plan.
You understand that managing your own career involves three key ingredients:
- Confidence in knowing that your career is on the right path;
- Continuous research and networking leading to awareness of potential “next steps…” to keep your career moving forward;
- Competency with job-changing skills.
In today’s digital world of recruitment, you have two very challenging goals… Ultimately, your goal is to secure the next right employment for yourself… that must start with your identification of what right is. THAT requires some exploration, identification of key elements of your Career FIT, and planning to pull it all together, create focus… make it happen. Yes…. FIT Happens!