It's not Just the Resume
Resumes are a "tool" to get you to the next level of the Hiring Process - There are other important steps to finding the right position...
IT’S NOT JUST THE RESUME
As a Career, Executive and Business Coach, I recently registered with Linkedin’s ProFinder. Surprisingly, I am receiving over 100 notification each day that Linkedin members are looking for Coaching – and that’s just local to Southern CA. As a sole proprietor it is impossible for me to personalize each response, so I have written a brief overview of my background and experience that is pasted into the “proposal text”.
But that not why I am writing this. Of the over 100 responses I am receiving each day over 80% of them are asking for someone to write or update their resume. Folks, Resumes are a tool to get you to the next level in your job search! They will not secure a position for you or negotiate your salary – a resume is simply a tool that will generate interest by a potential employer about your background. In the last 15 years the hiring process has dramatically changed. In order to navigate this a job search we need to understand the nuances associated the entire hiring process: networking, interviewing, negotiating and yes a resume.
Having someone else write your resume takes away your personal touch that is needed when applying for a new position. Further someone else’s writing can become confusing when sitting for an interview. My method is quite simple: follow my Template and I will assist you in editing the wording and structure of your resume. By doing this you are comfortable with what you have written and when sitting in front of a potential employer you can be confident that what is on your resume is what you wrote.
Recently, I had a former family member come to me with asking me to review a resume that was written by a “professional resume writer” who charged him substantially for their services. He asked what I thought of the resume and told him without hesitation that this resume did not capture the essence of what he did – plus I added that I could not understand what he did (Ok, so I did not say it so nicely! And being a former family member is probably why he did not come to me in the first place).
I tell that story because it does capture the pitfalls of having someone else describe what you have done and what you do! Can you talk to your resume when sitting in front of a potential employer? Does your resume capture essence of who you are, what you do, how you do it and what you can do for the employer?
Remember the resume is only a part of what is necessary to secure the position that is right for you. I have spent my life in some way or another as a Career Coach. Finding the right position for you is not only about a resume – it is the whole process of navigating the hiring process – networking, time management, interviewing techniques, etc.
So, if you are looking for a new or first position or looking to transition your career please consider my Career Coaching Program (s). I offer an up to one hour no charge consultation to discuss your goals and how my Program (s) and my experience can assist you in achieving your career goals. Please contact me at:
2600 W Olive Ave., 5th Floor
Burbank, CA 91505