During the past few weeks, I heard similar questions from my clients who are in a career transition: I wonder what I should put forward in my resume.
Should I withdraw this? Underline that? What will recruiters think when reading that… These are legitimate questions, and they may hide others questions such as questions on one’s legitimacy, on undigested career events, expressing the fear not to be able to find another job, or discovering the hard law of the job market… topics that would be positive to address.
How could you build a resume bringing you self-confidence?
1. Start with the appropriation of your career path
For you to be able to market your own career path, it’s necessary to know what is the product you want to sell…and you are the product!
When in-between jobs, take some time to step back and look at your career: acknowledge your expertise, your success, the results you have obtained, the resources you have mobilized, and allow yourself to highlight what makes you a unique person. The impact of your self-confidence will be perceptible.
There are many tools on the market to do so. You may, for example, be inspired by the “life-line” exercise, identifying the summits and the valleys of your professional life on a timeline.
2. Admit the algorithm power and the sense of permanent urgency
If you believe that a human being is reading your resume on LinkedIn, you might be surprised… There are great chances that search engines and algorithms have taken the power and the initiative to forward your resume… thanks to keywords. It’s then not a question of writing skills or literature, but of a match between supply and demand.
If you know where you are heading to… it will be much easier to present your career sincerely, as a reflection of yourself, using expressions and styles answering to the recruiter’s world.
Remember that if your resume finally ends up on a recruiter’s screen… they will read it in less than 40 seconds.
3. Dare asking for help
As you have now understood, your resume will be easier to create according to your professional project, and your project cannot be the answer to « I know what I do not want to do anymore ».
It’s a vision, an ambition, relying on key activities, a market, an interaction with internal or external clients, investments and expenses, a way to communicate about you…
There are different ways to get helped, called outplacement, skills assessment, career counseling, coaching…Then you will have to edit our resume, including typo tricks, adequate page layout; making use of external competencies for a professional result might be a good idea. The essential point is that you cannot do this exercise alone.
You are likely to find thousands of advice to succeed in your career transition, and this is nice. It will give you the complete latitude to find the most suitable solution enabling you to be back on track. Is there any particular attention? Make sure that the solutions offered give you the opportunity to showcase who you really are, and that the requested professionals can prove their seriousness. As far as coaching is concerned, check international accreditations and the quality of coaching certification.