Many people view writing their resume as an occasional event, to be tackled when the need arises. Yet creating a strong resume begins long before you’ll actually write one. To position yourself for a top-notch resume, apply these tips:
Seek and address challenges in your current position. Your proven ability to streamline work, improve team productivity, increase revenue, save the company money, or grow a strong client base can make a big impression on hiring managers.
Keep copies of your performance reviews at home. Performance reviews are pure gold. But once you leave the company, you will not have access to the precious information they contain. Copy all reviews for your personal files. Use your reviews to source quotes from former bosses, outline your accomplishments, and help you keep track of promotions, awards, changed job titles, and kudos for your great teamwork skills. Always be sure to protect sensitive information. Revealing company secrets can land you in legal trouble.
Maintain a Career Management File at home. Here, keep emails mentioning your and your team’s successes, samples of your work, compliments from clients, coworkers, vendors, and bosses, and other items that support your accomplishments. Note your company’s performance standards, and document specific ways you’ve met them. Of course, this file is also where you’ll keep those priceless copies of your performance reviews.
Writing your resume doesn’t have to be an ordeal. Find innovative ways to contribute, and track your accomplishments. When the time comes, your resume will practically write itself!
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