A New Year of Transformation
As 2019 approaches its end, the approaching New Year is often a time for review and reflecting on the achievements of the last twelve months. It has certainly been a tumultuous year: Brexit, horrendous forest fires here at home, Greta Thunberg, Martin Scorsese comes to Netflix, Hong Kong protests, Extinction Rebellion. Many find themselves taking stock, look at what they themselves have achieved and thinking about how they can make their lives better for their family and those around them. And some will contemplate a change of job, even a change of career. If so, freshening up your resume is a vital step in achieving that particular New Year resolution.
When was the last time you spruced up your resume? Six months ago? A year? Do you even have one? It is not that unusual. Most people are of the opinion that a resume is only needed when you want it, and hopefully, it is not that often. Here at Select Resumes, some of our clients have gotten to the top of the ladder by word of mouth alone and have never had need of a resume. Until of course, they do. But the truth is, it can suddenly become an urgent requirement. That perfect new career may suddenly materialise, and you have to move fast.
Time for a Resume Update
At Select Resumes, one of our popular services is the Resume Update. What we find is that since their last resume was written, clients have not only had a few more positions but have mastered a range of new skills, competencies and perhaps even qualifications. All these elements need to be reflected in a resume update.
Our writers will look over your existing resume – whether it was prepared by us previously or not – and then arrange a friendly, detailed telephone consultation with you. We will carefully go over all the existing text to see if some of the information is now redundant and then begin the work of refitting it to reflect your increased capabilities and skills. We will also discuss the roles and maybe specific positions you are targeting and make sure the text aligns with the company’s ethos and vision.
Why Not Add a LinkedIn Profile into the Mix?
While we are dusting off your documents in preparation for embarking on a new career, you may wish to consider our range of exclusive design templates to give your new resume a professional, creative touch that will make a genuine difference to being noticed in the selection process. And if you are updating your resume, you may want to consider updating your LinkedIn profile too. Used properly, LinkedIn is an incredibly powerful professional networking tool that can significantly improve your ability to find a fitting employer and for them to find you. But, like social media, it is only as good as the effort you put in. Do you keep it as up to date as you should? Do you simply go on occasionally and congratulate peers who are nailing the jobs you wish you had?
We will take a look at your existing profile (or help you create a new one if you have never had one before) and give you the tools to help you keep it updated. We find that many people simply make a profile then adopt a reactive attitude to the site, looking at it every so often to see who’s doing what, congratulating friends and peers and so on. But by making the simple change to being proactive and extolling your achievements to an audience of industry peers can have a remarkably transformative effect, sparking conversations that could lead in exciting new directions.
So why not unlock your full potential and make this New Year a positive one and take a step in reinventing your professional profile to reflect all its possibilities?