Nowadays, professions are anything but static. As we progress in our careers, many of us will change companies multiple times or change roles or titles within the same company. While this is interesting, it doesn’t tell the story of your skill sets – it simply lists past experiences.
To get the best traction, consider a Functional Resume. A Functional Resume can clearly communicate to a hiring manager why he or she would want you in their company/business unit. Companies today want to know, “What will you do for my company? – What makes you unique and a value add?” A Functional Resume directly addresses these questions by spotlighting your specific skills, knowledge, and abilities.
Quick Tips and Tricks for Resume Building:
- Create multiple resumes that target the role and/or company. In other words, one resume doesn’t fit all.
- Secure a user-friendly, professional, and understandable email!
- POOR examples: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
- If you are applying with a technology company that hosts email, secure an email with that company.
- If you are applying at Google, you should have a Gmail account instead of an Aol account.
- If you are applying at Microsoft, you should have a Hotmail or MSN email account instead of Gmail account.
Contact Terri at Talent Excellence for individualized help building a resume that is sure to impress.
- The Harvard Business Review is a great resource for unconventional career advice and leadership management.
- Forbes online is a great resource for all things business.
- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics can provide general statistics regarding the outlook for each industry as well as sales’ forecasts.
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What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, by Marshall Goldsmith
This is a great book for executives and those seeking to successfully manage business relationships and move up the corporate ladder.
Now, Discover Your Strengths, by Marcus Buckingham
This helpful book details how to discover your personal strengths and to skillfully improve upon weaknesses.
First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently, by Marcus Buckingham
Use this book if you are a manager or someone in a leadership position to discover how to get the most value from your employees and coworkers.
Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get it Back if You Lose It, by Marshall Goldsmith
This book is a great inspiration for those leaders looking to acquire or recapture a positive, winning spirit.