Dear Experts, How should a professional with 25+ years of experience in his field structure his resume so that it is not too overpowering and create the perception of his being overpriced, yet communicate the great value that a potential employer will get if they hire him? I know about using a functional resume and I know that if a job calls for 8-10 years of experience that you should indicate that is what you have, but does mean that you leave some jobs off the list? And doesn't it cause suspicion if you don't have dates of education completed? Thanks for your guidance. Here is how our T.A.P. experts felt season pros should structure a resume:@ValueIntoWordsQ#161 Structure resume so 1st half of 1st pg screams solution to reader's problems; mini-rez w/in more expanded doc. @ValueIntoWordsQ#161 - To avoid rez reader overwhelm, zero in on relev recent exp/achievements; prior exper list as summary/no dates. @gradversityQ#161 I would try to communicate your message through your cover letter and let your tailored resume speak for itself. @keppie_careersQ#161- Hire a pro! Avoid functional, no need to list >10 yrs "Recent" experience. Include dates. TARGET! @beneubanksQ#161 Your career goal should be to be SO excellent that a resume is unnecessary. (Sorry, no exp w/this) :-) @DebraWheatmanQ#161 Create hybrid w/ key accomplishments at top. Use yrs. on res. Don't list all exp. Create Prev. hist. w/ company & title. @juliaericksonQ#161 Depends on jobs u want: sr. job=more yrs wkd w/emph on last jobs; lower job=less yrs wkg, lv off oldest+. @juliaericksonQ#161 Can lv off ed dates; b ready 2 ans Qs re dates/yrs wkg, ur value; in rez use hyperlinks+ 2 look up2date. @dawnbugniQ#161 Structure rez to sell what the employer seeks. Target. Demonstrate what pertains to job & distinguishes U. @dawnbugniQ#161 A resume is sales and marketing document, selling your talents and your skills - not a career autobiography. @jtodonnellQ#161 With that much experience, no resume will get you in. Focus on networking, not the resume. Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
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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