Consider what you like about your job other than lunchtime and vacation! For example, my corporate career was fulfilling. While with JnJ, I helped a physician do his/her job with medical device shipping. I helped a patient get well. Supply chain is more than just supply chain! I also assembled Business Continuity Plans and worked with subsidiary companies globally to ensure plans were in place and worked efficiently in event of business breakdowns. This functionality helped management feel comfortable with a business continuity plan while serving their customers!
Today I write résumés that help people get back to work, OR find the job they have a passion about. Consider how the job works for you! Are you close proximity to the job? Is there some flexibility? Can you work from home from time to time? Essential workers are removed from this category, but is your company 'family friendly' allowing you needed time? Is there pension or healthcare benefits when you possibly retire from there? These are just a few samples of how the company 'works for you' based on your service.
The professional profile should reflect:
- Professional Statement - something that credits you with your talent. In some cases, a career goal statement.
- Core Skills (professional strengths).
- Present and past employment history within 10-15 years including accomplishments.
- Education / Certifications / Additional Trainings / Volunteerism.
The recruiter spends about ten seconds reviewing a résumé, so let's give them what they want:
White space, clarity and clean formatting with potent details that are easy to read.
- Tailor the cover letter for the company we are approaching
- Highlight the skills the company is looking for
- Utilize the key words for robust talent and job match
Keep your skill sets and professional history in a place you can always reference
- Fine tune this critical document with current skills and deliverables
- Avoid more panic by being prepared for unexpected layoffs or just be ready for a change!
Note: All work is confidential and discretion is always respected!