So says the Globe & Mail, anyway.
When was the last time you reviewed that old résumé in detail? Have you noticed that the success stories that once gave you leverage no longer have the same impact as they did before? How do you plan to manage your career and its advancement when your résumé and skills are becoming extinct?
Well, it’s been five years now and this job had nothing to do with my resume (it’s a resumption of a prior contract), so I can accept that my resume is out of date. And yet…
- What are the characteristics that make you relevant in your work today?
a. How do they contribute to your success and significance in the organization you serve? Are you actively investing in these characteristics? Your investment isn’t just about money alone, but how you are developing the right network of people that can help you make the best investment decisions in support of these characteristics.
- Are you building your personal employee brand?
a. Ask 20 people to answer the following questions about you:
i. What is your enduring idea?
ii. What is your primary differentiator?
iii. What is the primary experience that you deliver to those around you?
iv. Whom does your personal employee brand serve?
b. If 90 per cent (18 out of 20) give you the same responses, you have a powerful identity that you need to leverage more actively in creating opportunities that matter for your career goals. If that number is below 90 per cent, you have some work to do and I highly recommend that you download my eBook, Why a Personal Employee Brand will Save Your Career and Your Workplace. Having an identity that you can control in the workplace is tremendously important before you get ready to make your next move.
- What is your unique Point of View (POV)?
What gets others to talk about your ideas and perspectives in meaningful and purposeful ways? What is your unique point of view (POV) that can cultivate new growth opportunities for your existing employer – or a new one? Your POV must help guide a new type of conversation that broadens your impact and influence and that showcases your skills with other influencers in the organization. In today’s marketplace, you must work to get discovered!
I don’t even know what most of that means. Employee “brand”? God, I hate the bullshit terminology that gets thrown around when it comes to finding a job. I dread my contract ending and having to go through all that crap again.