To keep up on the most recent developments in the resume industry, I occasionally read new resume manuals. And frequently, I learn something new from these publications. Yesterday, however, I read a publication about resumes for 2016 that stopped me dead in my tracks. Related: Will That Employer WANT To Read Your Resume? The book’s author devoted a full chapter to the need to write an Objective statement on your resume. An Objective statement. Are you kidding me? The gist of what this author had to say was that unless your resume has a strong Objective statement, the prospective employer won’t know what job you’re looking for. I must say that I stopped reading the book as soon as I saw that chapter, I was so appalled. Objective statements have gone the way of buggy whips and high-button shoes. Don’t get me wrong; there are as many individual views on what constitutes a good resume as there are resume writers. But I have yet to encounter any other certified professional resume creator who preaches the gospel of Objective statements. “What’s the problem?” you say. The answer is simple: An Objective tells the employer what you want. But the employer couldn’t care less what you want. The employer wants to know how well you’re going to give him/her what s/he wants. Just imagine, if you will, that you are invited to a friend or relative’s house for dinner. Before your host or hostess has a chance to let you know what’s on the menu, you pipe up, “I want roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots and string beans, and, oh yes, some Neapolitan ice cream for dessert.” Even if the friend or relative had planned something similar for dinner, do you think s/he is going to feel very kindly toward you for that breach of etiquette? If you do that to an employer, s/he will probably feel more than a little annoyed with you. In fact, adding an Objective can cost you more than just someone’s wounded feelings. Telling the employer what you want instead of advising him/her what you’re offering the company could cost you the interview. The proper way to announce yourself is to begin your resume proper with the job title the employer is hoping to fill, followed by a brief statement introducing yourself and showing (not telling) why you are the best candidate for the position, based on your accomplishments. If you need an example, here is one I wrote for a job seeker recently: Project Efficiency Manager: Developed most effective, time-saving methods to achieve desired results by facilitating all aspects of selected business practices. Achieved 100% success rate in winning awards for law firm clients by rewording demand letters for greater impact. Cut labor and delivery times by developing mutually beneficial working relationships with suppliers and vendors. That statement tells the employer who the job seeker is and what s/he has accomplished in the past; it’s also a commitment to achieving similar results for the prospective employer. There is nothing about what that job seeker wants; it’s all about what that job seeker will deliver. And it will arouse much more interest on the employer’s part than any “I want” objective. It’s a new world out there, friends, one where your resume needs to show what you can deliver. So kick that objective to the curb and look for what the employer wants. This post was originally published at an earlier date.
The successful business manager needs skills and talent.
Managerial skills can easily be developed as time passes through experience, mentoring, and training. However, when referring to natural talent, this is definitely something that cannot be obtained.
Productive companies will always invest a lot of money in developing and identifying truly effective managers. If this is the type of job that you are after, you should know that the following traits are necessary.
You Must Have Great Leadership Skills
This is one crucial attribute that so many managers actually lack these days.
Most companies will promote those employees that have great individual results. The problem is that a really good salesperson will rarely be a really good manager. The true leader will always be able to inspire trust, delegate responsibility, and provide direction. A manager won't be a "leader" if they cannot perfectly perform these three tasks.
While leadership skills can be gained in time, the innately talented manager will actually be able to gain all that he or she needs to be a true leader in a short period of time. This is something that is a lot more important than what many believe at the moment. Every single successful business manager out there is a leader who takes the team he or she manages and makes it work better, faster, and more effectively.
You Need To Have A Clear Communication Strategy
It is very important for the manager to have really strong communication skills. It is not enough to show that you appreciate your employees. You need to properly highlight what you want from them so that everything can go smoothly.
The effective manager has to be able to properly decipher, understand, and then relate the vision of the organization to the employees so that productivity is maintained. If communication is ineffective, employees will not understand what the manager tells them. This can lead to so many different problems in the future, and such a chain reaction can have a devastating effect on the profit of any company.
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You Must Have The Ability To Adapt
This is something that makes him/her really effective at the job. If the manager can adapt to the circumstances that are unexpected, the entire team will achieve more success in the future. This also means that a successful manager has the necessary creative thinking skills to find a new solution to any problem that may appear.
You Need To Focus On Developing Your Team
You cannot have employees that remain still when referring to the skills that they have. Any financial blog on the internet will tell you that an effective manager will make sure that employees improve and that they become better at the job that is done.
Developing other people basically involves cultivating talents and then motivating them to channel gained talents towards increasing productivity.
You Have To Build Relationships
It's a shame to see that there are still managers who do not understand the importance of networking. A manager needs to establish good relationships with potential clients and employees. Those employees who feel they are valued will always be more effective and will put in the extra effort that can bring in better results at the end of the day.
When building a relationship with an employee, it is really important that the manager showcases empathy and trust in the ability of the team. This is something that helps everyone enjoy working under the guidance of the specific team leader. Make sure that you know as much as possible about the employees—their strong points, and their weak points.
You Need To Constantly Develop Your Skills
The effective manager is the one who knows the problems that he or she has and constantly works on solving them. Career development is a huge part of career success in this job and in any other job. You need to develop in order to be able to lead employees.
If you remain at the same level, the entire team remains at the same level. That manager that continues to grow will eventually learn how to use the above-mentioned natural talents in order to make the team work flawlessly and even encourage the employees to do the same thing.
The manager who never develops is basically bound to eventually lag behind as he or she cannot adapt to the market. This and adaptability go hand-in-hand. You cannot have one without the other.
Try to improve as much as possible with every single project that you do and always be truthful to yourself about the flaws that you have. Work on them as soon as possible and your team members will see that you put in the effort to change.
It is so much harder to be an effective manager than we think. There is this belief that you can simply learn how to be a great leader in college. This is definitely not the case. Many of the really successful managers from around the world did not have formal training. You need to be sure that you constantly grow. That is, most likely, the most important trait to have if you want to be a great leader.
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This article was originally published at an earlier date.