I was taken aback by this as I see this in OTHERS around me but NOT in my world. Sometimes when we are so deep in a situation we don’t see what’s going on right in front of us. It is good from time to time to step back and reflect. This is especially true in résumé writing and interview preparation. Sometimes we need a perspective check. Sometimes we need a career-cleanse. If you are ready, here are some tips to get you started.
Start with your résumé. Read it. Does it embody your career goals? Is it clear on what you have to offer? Does it align with your professional industry? If you are unsure, ask a trusted confidant to read it. Share it with someone who will be honest with you, not just someone who will tell you what you want to hear. A second set of eyes will validate that your résumé clearly demonstrates your value-added skills, your #personalbrand and what you want to represent. If the feedback does not align with what you thought it did, it is time to re-fresh your résumé.
Is there anything on your résumé that is no longer relevant? It is this idea of cleansing or removing historical information that was once relevant but may no longer be. This is especially true with big career changes (corporate office manager to swim coach). Many skills are transferable but educational requirements may have changed. Can you drop something of the past to find space for more relevant skills and attributes?
What about from an #interviewskills perspective? What skills have you gained since your last promotion. Take note of tough situations you worked through. Big projects or special assignments. As much as possible, you want to use recent examples in an interview. We only have so much brain capacity so write these down. Hiring managers will want to know the what’s, the how’s and the why’s.
The great thing about stopping and reflecting is that we see so much more. Dust off those cob webs and #shinebright my friend!
Michelle Precourt is a Career Coach, Recruitment Expert and Registered Yoga Teacher based in Ottawa, Canada. She has blended her 15 years of recruitment experience with her Hatha and Yin teacher training that provides for a diverse approach in her work. Learn more about Michelle and her work at https://michelleprecourt.com/