Brad's Blurb

It is important to focus on enhancing your professional development regardless of where you are in your career.  By committing to continual professional improvement you ensure a steady and rewarding career course.  To grow professionally and achieve success requires setting objectives and building a personal action plan.  Here are a few tips to consider when coming up with your own plan:

1. Have a vision-Where do you see yourself in five or ten years?  What kind of work environment do you prefer?  What end goals are important to you? 

2. Develop a career roadmap-to remain on track with your goals create a broad outline of the steps you need to take to reach your goals.

3. Capitalize on opportunities-Pursue responsibilities and positions logically associated to your goals.  

4. Always conduct yourself with integrity-Professionals face many ethical decisions every day.  Your reputation for integrity is the foundation for all future successes.

5. Become an effective communicator-Strive to communicate as clearly, concisely, and persuasively on paper and with e-mail as you do in person or over the telephone.

6. Commit to lifelong learning-Stay abreast of new developments in your field of expertise.

7. Maintain and expand your network-Stay connected with colleagues and other professionals.

8. Stay visible-Be sure that your supervisor is aware of your hard work and successes. 

Switching topics:  A friend of mine recently sent his resume to me for review.  He indicated that he was happy with his current position with General Electric, but thought it was important to refresh his resume anyway.  It is probably more common for people to update their resumes only when applying for a new job.  However, maybe it isn’t such a bad idea to spend some time updating your resume, even when you are content with your current job.  It forces us to make choices about what should and should not be included and is similar to cleaning out the clothes in a closet.  If you were going through your closet, you might ask yourself: 

1.  Do my clothes still fit?  [Does my resume accurately reflect my experience and skills?]

2.  Do my clothes date me?  [Does my resume look and feel “new”?]

3.  Are my clothes consistent with current trends? [Is my resume up to date with current resume trends?]

4.  Do my clothes make the right impression? [Does my resume relay the most relevant information about me?]

5.  Do my clothes portray the real me? [Does my resume accurately profile my strengths?]   

6.  Do my clothes set me apart from others? [Is my resume unique, concise, and without errors?]

7.  Do my clothes match my profession?  [Does my resume sufficiently explain my current roles and responsibilities?]

When was the last time you “cleaned out” your resume?  Try using the above questions to help determine what to add, what to keep, and what to cut. 

Ensure accurate information (no lies or wild embellishments) no typos/misspellings (proofread) and keep information positive (stay away from the negatives). 

Good luck with your resume update!    Thanks for reading.

 Regards, Brad

 

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