Most people don't know how to take a compliment, let alone talk about their achievements or display them in a resume. It can be difficult to "sell" yourself to employers, especially if you haven't really taken the time to uncover your true assets.
Your goal should be to get really clear on who you are professionally and what you offer your current and potential employers. Once you figure this out, your resume will basically write itself.
Follow these 5 Steps to make your resume "sell" you:
Step 1. Where have you been and where are you now
Record your educational and professional history to date. Add community service, leadership roles, entrepreneurial initiatives and other notable experience. For each job or position, write down what you were hired to do and your tasks and responsibilities.
Step 2. Dig deeper to find stories
Review your history again. But this time, focus on the contributions you made. You are creating mini stories that reveal a lot about what you can do, so be as specific as possible.
For each job or position held, what difference did you make? What accomplishments can you point to? Additional questions are:
Step 3: Track Record
Honestly evaluate where you were successful, where you weren't and what you think the factors were. Remember, this activity will help you get a handle on your unique value proposition. Include:
Step 4: Strengths
What does your track record tell you about your strengths? What patterns do you see? Hint: If you list a particular strength multiple times, chances are it is important. Here are 3 ways to uncover your strengths:
Step 5: Putting it together
You now know a lot more about yourself than you did before. It's time to put it together.
Selling yourself can be an awkward, frustrating experience. When you faithfully work through these 5 Steps, you discover that you have a lot to offer. This is the most direct route to effective resumes, interviews and career moves.
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