My dad was a mechanic. My grandfather was an electrician. My uncle led a construction crew. My DNA is programmed to build things.
It’s how I look at resumes. Building a brand.
With any good build, you need a plan. Sequential steps with each action building on the last.
For a quick read and a plan of action to help you with your resume, here is my simplified plan of four steps to build your brand for an awesome resume.
Before we build there is one critical step – you have to know your goal. What job are you targeting? You may be interested in several avenues, but your foundation is for one.
Step 1. Position Purpose
What is the bottom-line purpose of the position? Narrow down the entire scope to one statement. Keep reducing it until you get to the bottom-line impact value. For example: maintain revenue streams and retain clients. Or: protect a book of business from risk.
Boil it down. There may be more than one purpose. This is barebones. It doesn’t have to be pretty. It will generally fall into something to do with time or money in one form or another.
Step 2. Core Drivers
Again, we are focusing on broad strokes. There are normally three to five activities that you must do to achieve the position’s purpose. List these things. What are those things? Perhaps one is to oversee system and quality assurance processes (CTO) or maintain records of financial transactions (Bookkeeper).
Step 3. Primary Actions
Now let’s start digging in. Under each of the core drivers, what does that entail? How do you do those things? Who do you work with, how, what do you do and how does something benefit from your involvement?
Step 4. Differentials
Here is the icing on the cake, putting you in your brand. How do you do the things in your chart that is different or better than anyone else? What makes you stand out among your competition? What skills or strengths do you use in completing the primary actions?
This is the blueprint to create an authentic brand that distinguishes you, supported by demonstrated value and speaks to the needs and critical points of the desired position.
When you cover all of those bases, you’ll be the top candidate for the job.
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