Does your resume have the “Right Stuff”?
Many resumes I have read in the course of my management career really didn’t provide enough of the “Right Stuff”. What do I mean by “Right Stuff”? Many of you have an excellent resume for the assignment and career you may have chosen, however, if you are now looking to change careers, you should consider utilizing more than one resume. This is essential when applying for positions or postings on electronic and social media job boards. Style is important. Additionally, the old adage of a one page resume is also not accurate any longer.
Many seasoned professionals that have had successful career tracks should expound on their achievements and successes. In that case, their resume could be 2-5 pages. When developing a resume for a new assignment, it’s important to identify your individual strengths that can be seen as an asset to your prospective employer. Let’s take me for an example. I spent 35+ years in sales & marketing management and I was ready to do something else.
Therefore, knowing that I no longer had the desire for my Sr. Management role, I thought about what I was good at and that made me happy. I always had a passion for helping people. In fact when asked what might be the best accomplishment of my career, I never hesitate to answer: “It was hiring a person from a temp agency to do a particular assignment and watch them succeed to become a supervisor, manager, or Director of the division.” Helping people to achieve their goals and aspirations has given me more satisfaction in my career than anything I ever did on my own.
This is what led me to write a curriculum that will help people not to just find a JOB, but rather to find Meaningful Employment. I have now been accepted to teach this curriculum at a local college, conduct a workshop, and write blogs. Now if I apply for a training assignment, I would emphasize the new skills that I’ve developed. Likewise, I’m positive there are many of your skills that can be highlighted in a resume.
Write down 3 of your technical and 3 non-technical personal strengths. For each strength, document something external that demonstrates the strength. For example, you completed the implementation of a new internal office system upgrade, you successfully met your company’s quarterly financial objectives, and it was noted in your performance evaluation, or you developed a new training regimen that improved employee forecasting accuracy.
Remember, your goal is to set up a face to face interview. The resume can open new doors when it contains the “Right Stuff”.