Hello, I am so grateful for the opportunity to have others review my career documents, etc. Thank you for this great idea, J.T. Mark Dubay Hi Mark! Well, I have to say that I think you are definitely money, I'd give your tools a 4.0 and say with a little tweaking that you'll be at 5 in no time! Let's take a look at each tool you submitted: LinkedIn: While I like that you haven't gotten overly wordy in your on-line profile, I would say that it's actually on the light side. You need to add some quantifiable accomplishments to help a reader get a sense of what your various positions entailed. Also, I'd suggest you get a headshot picture done that you can use across all social media tools to help brand you. When it comes to social media, people want to put a name with a face. Finally, given all your experience, I think you should try to ramp up your connections. The bigger your network, the greater the chance you'll be able to connect with someone who works at a potential employer with whom you could network to get the inside scoop on job openings. Resume: Okay, there are elements of your resume that I ADORE, and other parts I would change. For starters, the banner summary of your quantified experience is great! I would take out the summary paragraph. Most hiring managers won't read it, especially if it reads a bit subjective. Instead, I'd list your top transferable skills (i.e. project management) and the # of years of experience you have for each one. This skill summary should replace the professional attributes section - which is also too subjective. Saying you are 'detailed-oriented' or 'results-oriented' is your opinion of yourself, not a quantifiable fact. So, it's better to let the facts speak for themselves by listing accomplishments in number terms. For example, I like the 'selected career achievements' section, BUT the bullets should each contain a statistic or figure that proves your success. Only the first bullet point is a truly quantifiable accomplishment. Finally, I like the way you offer a 'Challenge, Action & Result' section under your past employers. I also like that you list all the training you completed, although listing it in a cloud format like that can be hard to read. I'd suggest you put them in columns instead to make it easier on the eyes. Cover Letter: The opening paragraph should be removed and replaced with something that talks about the employer. Tell them specifically what you love about their business model or their clientele and back it up with a story of how you've come to appreciate what they do/offer. This will help you segway more clearly to the next paragraph where you discuss your accomplishments. Otherwise, I think it's a good letter! I hope this helps! Best wishes in your job search. You certainly have the skills! Fellow experts...got any additional advice for Mark? Please post your thoughts below.
Everyone has heard of New Year's resolutions. You know, those promises we make to ourselves about things we'll do better in the year ahead. Sometimes these resolutions work, while other times we end up with gym memberships we never use! But have you ever heard of a career resolution? It's actually the same thing as a New Year's resolution, only career-focused.
However, with something as important as a career, you don't want to break these resolutions. That's why it's important to keep these goals manageable.
Here are four simple career resolutions that are easy to stick to and achieve.
Be Self-Aware Of Where You Stand In Your CareerBigstock
Being honest and self-aware of where you are in your career is the most important step in making strong career resolutions. If your career is going nowhere and you're unhappy, then it may be time to consider a career change, which will take you down a different path entirely.
But if you're happy and in good standing with your career, it's a lot easier to set goals for the year and build out a long-term career plan.
Find A Way To Grow Your CareerBigstock
Career growth is a very broad spectrum that means something different to everyone. It could be something as simple as improving on a weakness or building on a strength. It could also be learning a new skill or taking on additional responsibilities at work.
On a larger level, it could be seeking a promotion or moving into a leadership role.
Whatever the goal is, make sure it includes growing professionally. The worst thing you can do is stay the same! If you're not growing your career, you're dying—and becoming a lot less valuable to your employer. There are always ways to upskill!
Better Serve Your Professional Network
With current colleagues, former colleagues, and other professional acquaintances, you've probably built a solid professional network through the years. A strong professional network can come in handy if you lose your job or are looking to make a career change. However, you shouldn't just rely on your network when you're in need!
It's important to find ways to offer value to your network. This could include checking in with members of your network from time to time. Exchange messages on LinkedIn to see how they're doing or share relevant content of interest. If you can help someone in your network going through a career challenge, you should!
Maintaining a strong professional network is like an investment. If you want it to pay off, you have to put some time into it and be consistent.
Take Care Of Yourself
Working on your career is hard work! It's okay to be selfish sometimes. Whether you're working to grow your career or looking for a new job, it's important to find balance.
Your family and health always come first, so make sure your career goals don't interfere with that. If you want to set aside time during the week to work on your career that's fine, but don't miss important family events or milestones.
Don't let your career goals get in the way of your health goals. Go to the gym, take a walk, or go for a jog. Balance is key to maintaining healthy career and life goals. Sometimes you just need to adjust that balance as you go.
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