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Is your Executive Resume Ready for the New Year?

by Kim on January 7, 2016

First of all, it’s hard for me to believe that it’s 2016. I remember being a little kid and thinking that the year 2000 was very, very far away, kind of how I felt about people who were 40 – that they were very, very old. Well, now that I’m quite a bit North of 40, there are still things I can learn and while believing that some things never change, especially when it comes to taking stock of your future while stopping to reflect on your past. Even if a job search isn’t on your nearby horizon, and even if you don’t typically make New Year’s resolutions, your career growth or new path is something that many people put at the forefront of their goals.

In addition to thinking about your aspirations, take a step back and think about the past – where you were and how you got to where you are today. Are you happy in your job? Have you thought about changing but just never got around to it or didn’t necessarily know how to go about it? Was it too daunting of a task last year so that you put it off until this year? Well, time flies, so if you haven’t done some self-assessment yet, now is a good time to start.

It goes without saying that evaluating your future also means appraising your current resume. Is it updated? Is it accomplishment driven? Does it contain maximum-impact brand message or executive statement of who you are? Are new skills you picked up over the years included? What about additional knowledge, education, technologies or professional development activities? If anything is new, take the time to jot these things down while thinking about how you utilized new skills to make an impact or drive change within your current and/or recent positions. 

If you’ve been thinking about branching out or moving on, what do you think prompted those thoughts? A new passion for a particular skill? A lack of motivation? More money? A better title? Boredom? If you’ve had any of these thoughts off and on or constantly, this is when self-evaluation is even more crucial as you decide just what it is you want to do with the rest of your career life.

If you’re thinking of changing industries, it’s a good idea to do your research in that industry such as what type of positions are available and how many, what they pay, what type of environments you’ll be working in, etc. There are usually many industry-specific job boards or blogs that focus on a specific area of expertise along with recruiters who do the same.

You also might want to seek out professional development, training, seminars or industry-minded groups to join to gain an even greater understanding of what that industry can offer you, or you them.

Conversely, if you are pretty satisfied with where you are right now in terms of job title or industry, it’s still a very smart thing to make sure that your executive resume IS updated with anything new including positions, responsibilities, achievements, training and skills. Keep in mind the position(s) you will be targeting and be sure that your resume reflects that throughout.

As you thoughtfully consider where these reflections might take you, take the time to write down new goals and plans that are required to achieve them. By being true to yourself and specific with your objectives, you will certainly be on the right road to your final career destination.

Happy New Year!!

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