If you want to make your resume the absolute best it can be, you will have to include one critical piece of information on your resume: Your value to the company. That’s the number one quality employers look for in a resume. What value will you bring to the company if you’re hired? Your experience may be ideal, your education may be tops, and your work history may be spotless, but it’s your value that determines whether or not you’ll land a job. Look at the simple logic behind this element of a resume. A company is looking for an individual who can help make a profit. This is why it’s critical to show a potential employer the value you can add to a company. For example, if you developed a management technique that made your previous company more proficient in filling customer orders, include that in your resume. What you did to add value to your previous employer can be simple. You mastered a technique in Dreamweaver that allows you to create CSS layouts quickly and without source code errors. This skill allowed your previous employer to get a web page up in half the time of the industry standard. That’s great. Highlight that skill in your resume. The company will understand your skill adds value. Emphasize you have a provable skill that can make the company money. Companies hire people who can increase their profit. Employees reward these people well. Write this value element in your cover letter. Don’t bury it in the middle of the resume employment section. Present it front and center to the hiring manager who’s reading the resume. Make sure the value element is the first thing he sees. Here’s why: You have 20 to 30 seconds to impress the hiring manager who’s reading the resumes. That’s all the time you get to impress an employer that you’re the best fit for the job. Surveys of hiring managers show these people are under pressure to hire the right person fast. Your first impression will determine whether your resume is thrown on the reject pile or set aside for a second look. Don’t fill your cover letter with boring clichés, such as “hard working” or “team player.” These clichés mean nothing. Tell that company what your value is immediately. This simple technique of highlighting your value will make your resume as good as possible and increase your chances of landing that job. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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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This article was originally published at an earlier date.