Recently I have been coaching several young professionals on aspects of their career change game-plans. Here's one of them.
Like many job hunters, he wants to change careers. Unhappy with the administrative office jobs he has had, he wants to pursue an occupation that will allow the expression of his creative side. The good news is that he has some solid creative talents, as well as some relevant accomplishments. He knows what he wants. And he has a winning personality.
The dilemma is that his work history is a jumble. The positions he has held are not related to the direction he is now pursuing. Presented in a typical chronological resume, he does not come across the way he wants to. It's a confusing story.
His challenge is to make enough sense out of it that a prospective hiring manager can see Who He Is and what he has to offer.
So we have been working on a tailored resume that includes a targeted headline and summary, a section on relevant accomplishments, and then a work history and education.
The headline clearly telegraphs his vision of himself as a creative professional.
The summary encapsulates the qualities and skills he possesses that are most relevant to the career direction he is pursuing.
The relevant accomplishments section pulls together in an organized way the actual achievements he has that directly relate to his objective.
It really tells the story he is trying to tell.
And that's what a resume is after all. Its purpose is to convey the story well enough to get him an interview. Then he can shine in person!
Posted by Terrence Seamon on Thursday September 12, 2013.
Terrence H. Seamon is an organization development consultant who provides leadership and team development services to employers in New Jersey. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. His third book, Change for the Better (forthcoming), will provide leaders with a guide to navigating through organizational change. An alumnus of PSG, Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. He can be reached at email@example.com and via his website: http://about.me/terrenceseamon