Wherever I am in the world, I like to meet people and network. In fact, I am considered a fierce networker. During my travels, I meet some very intriguing business leaders, those who aspire to become business leaders and eMBA graduates and candidates. Often, people I meet ask me to provide them with a free resume critique, which, of course, I am happy to do.
I am going to say, in my professional opinion and insight, that approximately 70% of the people I am fortunate to meet fail to live up to the same impressive impact on paper. When I review their resume or LinkedIn profile, I sometimes feel as if I had met a totally different individual. Career management is about being able to sell oneself, both in person and through other channels, to deliver a captivating and compelling message. First impressions count and so should second impressions. A major approach to capturing attention is through the resume and the LinkedIn profile prior to an in-person meeting. You may be very impressive when I shake your hand and chat with you, but do you live up to that impact on your LinkedIn profile and resume?
The English language is such a wonderful tool to articulate your persona, who you are, what your value is and the skill set you will bring to the table upon hiring. Think about who you are. Every reader of this blog has a unique promise of value. Do you express that promise of value clearly and compellingly when I read about you online or through a resume? Don’t be humble. Sell yourself. The more polished and professional you appear on paper, the more people will want to meet you. In short, the more you sell, the more others will buy.
May I offer you a free resume critique to uncover whether you are as good on paper as you are in person or over the telephone?