When you start to get uneasy on a job or when an attractive opportunity comes along, your instinct is to retrieve your good old résumé, dust it off, and revise it in a jiffy. You somehow know the power of this document, but only when you are actively looking. It is a way to introduce yourself to a company. It is a way to tell where you have been and what you have done so far. It is a way to get your foot in the door and hopefully get hired.
Let us talk about the real power and value of your résumé.
From the beginning of your career until the time you retire, you may consider yourself as a “product” that you continually sell in the market. Your objective is to constantly get the best job opportunities in the market and thereby ensure success in the entire span of your career. Does this ring true for you?
If you have attended or listened in to my presentation on Personal Branding-A Key to Effective Self Promotion, you will know that I am big on self-promotion and selling yourself at whatever stage you might be in in your career. I consider this to be a big chunk of your career management process. I strongly believe in you taking charge of your own career. If you don’t, no one else will.
Nobody’s got your back when it comes to your career interests. You are on your own. I speak about this in my presentation on Reinvent Yourself (when change happens).
Having said that, I suggest that you put more value to your résumé and make it work for you in a strategic and more effective way. Join me in my upcoming presentation Make Your Résumé Work. Register here.