Create Your Irresistible Resume

FullSizeRender-14Previous management teams, industry leaders, and executive recruiters know you.

They evangelize your worth and your next career role magically materializes.

Here’s the problem: you haven’t updated your resume in 10 years. You haven’t needed to update it; you are that good. Interview conversations move along and a Board Member or CEO eventually asks to see a resume. You better have it together. And this resume better showcase your undeniable worth.

Who needs a resume anymore? We’re racing into absolute digital connectivity. LinkedIn has disrupted HCM, CRM, and once static networks into always-on, hiring, buying, dynamic interactions. It’s a powerful new reality. Even more powerful is owning a flexible arsenal of personal career tools that expertly deliver your value to audience-specific targets. Your resume serves as an exclusive spec sheet of value shared in discretion with a potential executive employer.

In service to others, I’ve gutted a few resumes. I know which specific data points a hiring exec is looking to find on you. With this in mind, I’ve created a resume guide and blueprint for you.

  • A resume is a tool to secure interest. Your resume serves as a reference document for elaborated conversation and evaluation during interviews. Its purpose is not to barf up your life story and land the job for you. Sell your experience as a product. Activate the wow factor.
  • 2 pages max. Invest an hour combing through your work history to edit and update for relevance. Refrain from slapping another ‘copy & paste’ role to the top of the page. Remove bloated descriptions. If you can’t chop your stats and wins down to a clear and digestible value prop – What does this suggest about your ability to get to the point with customers and partners?
  • Sex this thing up. Offer something inviting and easy to read. Leave whitespace. Remove hyperlink lines. Reserve the use of italic and bold font for titles that draw the eye onward. Repetitive blocks of underlined type are not pleasant to read. Save your file as a PDF so it will arrive just as sleek as when you sent it out. There are many online resources if you want to invest in design time. I’ve also created a clean, minimal blueprint for you here.

Sell the greatest product ever: You. Use this blueprint to produce a resume worthy of captivating attention:

  1. Name & Contact
  2. Value Prop
  3. Experience & Contribution
  4. Skills & Tools
  5. Education & Community

Leave elaboration and juicy details for real conversation; this is precisely why we have interviews. 

With thoughtful editing and space to breathe, your resume is an accomplishment synopsis and argues why any company would be crazy not to meet you.

 

How To Resign. I Got Your Back.

FullSizeRender-153 Steps to Resign with Intention & Grace

You’ve just accepted a new job. Congratulations! Stand proud for all you’ve accomplished. That’s exactly why this New Employer has extended you an offer and eagerly awaits your arrival. Its time to graciously give notice to your boss, transfer customer activity and step forward into your next adventure.

Do not overcomplicate this. I got your back. Everyone appreciates a fist bump when faced with highly-charged personal change. Frankly, I still get anxiety when dissolving myself from a consulting job. I enjoy the folks I work with, I’d like to see them again.

1. Meet or Phone Your Boss & Notify Him: You Are Departing.

This is a 5 minute chat. Inform him that you have accepted a new job and you’re pleased about beginning the next adventure. Express gratitude for the work you’ve done together. Offer 2 weeks to stick around, transfer knowledge and hand-off customer activity. Set a quick follow-up meeting to identify exit action-items. In sales, you’re likely walked out. Beautiful, enjoy the extra days to recharge your batteries.

This is not counter-offer time for more money or a bigger territory. This is not time to expose problems or bash the product. You’ve already made the decision to leave and you’ve committed to a new role. You don’t need to re-decide, it’s already done. Your boss may not have seen this coming. Its quite alright, he’s a pro and his next step is to cover customer accounts and find your replacement. Stay focused on your exit and redirect all subsequent conversation to hand-off logistics.

2. Follow-up With a Formal Resignation Email.

I wrote a template for you. Keep it short, leave a spoonful of good vibes and highlight a couple wins. It’s a smart idea to extend formalities and cc HR for the record.

Dear (Old Boss) –  With sincere consideration, I have made the decision to join a new opportunity and I will be departing the team at (COMPANY NAME). My last date of employment will be (DATE).

I have enjoyed my role and the challenge of a few key wins:  

(Bullet point a notable deal or two, project success, or staff development. List a couple shining stars.)  

I appreciate working with you and send success. 

Sincerely, You.

3. Deliver a Class-Act Exit.

You ripped off the band-aid and gave notice, mission accomplished. This is exciting! As you exhale, stretch and smile, a couple strong points to consider. I’m not in favor of sharing New Employer details with an existing boss/team before you get out the door. Try to avoid others opinions polluting your fresh waters. Give yourself a clean break, hit the reset button and enjoy your privacy.

You’ve become social friends with your existing team? I hope so. We build solid relationships within our work families. In return, don’t pollute their waters with negativity on your way out. These guys still call the Company home and may not share your frustrations. 

I recommend this mindset: “I’m excited about my new gig and wanna enjoy it for myself right now. Let’s grab a bite and catch up once I’m settled-in on the other side.”

Now, go take care of business and celebrate victory!