A Coaching Client sent me his resume to view; and to pass along should I find a proper party to review it. He is looking to test the external waters as to his value as a leader. This is an intelligent strategy for the 21st Century Leader.
I thought I would share my response to reviewing his resume:
My only suggestion for the resume – and what you will do with it – is to ‘tell’ that story of what you do. Don’t just depend on the facts (bullets under each position) to do that. Prospective employers are conditioned to see the typical resume. What would happen if they saw a resume that used the ‘typical’ to tell a succession of stories – one story per position leading to the ultimate desire of the prospective employee being told by the document?
Remember – that while you are seeking to estimate your value in the marketplace – you are ultimately interviewing the prospective company as much as they are interviewing you. So make it very plain ‘who you are’ and ‘what you bring.’ That way you can engage ‘all’ in the right conversation. Again, while you are seeking to estimate how others perceive your value, you are also making a definitive statement of value. Do that confidently.
Thanks for trusting me with your resume; your story. It is a privilege to be your coach; and partner in your growth and development.