Now That You Have The Job You Don’t Need Your Resume, Right? Wrong


You polished up your resume and landed a great job.  Now, sometime later, you are feeling the career itch again.  You are ready to make a move for more; more responsibility, opportunity, challenges or ability to learn new skills.

Great, if you have not kept your resume updated, now is the time to freshen it up for that next step.

Oh no, you tell me, you do not need to because the opportunities you want are internal, with the company you are with right now.  You won’t need a resume, they know you.

Wrong and wrong.

You do need a resume to apply for positions internally and do not assume they know you.

It would be wise to have two base versions – an internal and external resume; however, we are going to focus on the internal resume in this article.

The biggest difference with an internal resume is it gives you the opportunity to really speak the company language.  You are one of them – let it show!  You know the mission, vision, values and goals of the company, integrate them within your resume to demonstrate your understanding, commitment and contributions to these core pillars of the organization.

In other words: walk the walk, talk the talk of your company.

This is your edge.  Many organizations require existing employees to submit resumes for internal opportunities.  They also accept external resumes.  Do not rest in false comfort that just because you are already employed by the company that you are shoe-in for the position.

If you do not demonstrate value and an external candidate does, guess who will get the job?

This is where having a false sense of security if ‘they know me’ deflects from effort into your internal resume.

Your existing department may know you, but dose the individuals in the next arena?  Even if it is a promotion within your department, do they really know you?  Do they really know that you truly get and incorporate the company values, mission and goals into your everyday performance?

Putting that extra effort into an internal resume, rather than simply listing the jobs you have held since being with the company, will demonstrate two key factors:

  1. You get it (‘It’ being the company mission, philosophy, goals, vision and purpose)
  2. You care about this promotion, want it and worked for it. You were willing to put together a presentation that demonstrates you are the right candidate and did not assume it was a given.

Approach your internal resume from the external perspective.  What is important for this position? What skills will you need to demonstrate to prove you will be successful? What successes or accomplishments can you promote that supports your value?

Most importantly: write your bullets as value statements, not job duties.  For more on this, click here: If You Want Your Resume Read Do Not List Job Duties

Once you finish polishing your internal resume, put a gentle reminder on your calendar to go back now and then to keep it current.  If nothing else, make notes about important projects, contributions and accomplishments along the way so it will be much easier to quickly whip it into shape for that next more opportunity!



As the Founder and Principle of Career Polish, Inc., a national career coaching and practice firm, I am an Executive Brand Strategist, Resume Writer and Career Coach. I work with individual clients, companies, leadership and teams to identify, strengthen and effectively communicate their brand, engagement, commitment and most importantly – their value – by learning and leveraging LinkedIn, resumes, networking, communication, relationship management, presence and influence.
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3 Things To Do To Move Forward In Your Career

confidenceAre you ready to take that next step in your career?  Whatever that may mean for you – a management or senior level position, a bigger producer, increase your own business as an owner – are you ready but do not know how?


Let me share the most powerful idea for you to implement in three easy steps to get you there:  be that position.


Well, that just sounds too easy doesn’t it?


And you may be asking, “Ok, Ms. Smarty, how do I be a position that I am not?”


I’m so glad you asked, because this is where the three steps come into play:


 Think like the position.

Speak like the position.

Act like the position.


The first thing you have to realize is if you cannot see yourself in this role then no one else will.  Period.  This is how you see yourself in the position and ultimately position yourself to take it over.



Let’s take for example you want to be a bigger producer or a manager.  From this moment on stop thinking in terms of your current role and start tackling everything you do with this question:


“How would a big producer/a manager think about this?”


If you have a lead you need to contact, how would a producer prepare for it, make the call and handle the discussion?  If there is a project at work that you are a part of – how would a manager approach the project, handle their part, communicate with other members and carry out their responsibilities?


Start thinking in terms of that position.


Plan your day as though you were in that position.  Set goals, make action plans and strategize from the perspective of that position.  It will take practice so you must commit to it every day with every task.



Start paying attention to how people in your desired position speak; not only to others but to themselves.  Study them and emulate them.


You probably are not going to hear a leader in their industry say, “Gee whiz, I wish I could do that, but I don’t know that I can.”


No sir, they are confident.  Take on their confidence.  If you do not have anyone around you that you can study and emulate then do some research.  LinkedIn is a great resource to find people who are in the position you want to be – go find them, talk to them and study them.


Start talking to yourself as this position.  Do you think big producers doubt their value or ability?  Stop doubting yours.


Start saying things to yourself like, “As a manager, this is how I am going to handle it.”  Or “As a top producer I am going to land that account.” You do not have to say it out loud, just to yourself to affirm your commitment of being that position.


Actually – do not say it out loud at first.  Because this is going to feel new to you and maybe a bit awkward and if someone else hears you they may instantly give you a look or make a comment.  You do not need the negativity or distraction.  Who cares what anyone else thinks – this is your goal – so do not give them an opportunity to squash it.



Years ago I worked downtown Indianapolis and the City Market was a thriving community, especially during lunch.  I was still in college and had an administrative job so I was pretty much a meek little bystander.


But, boy, I would love to go to the City Market to eat my lunch and watch.  I would watch all the business people coming and going.  I would watch how they carried themselves and interacted with others.  After some time I would learn who different people were and among them who was successful.


They all had some common characteristics.  They dressed the part – not saying $3,000 suits.  The were polished and professional looking like they could walk into a board room at any moment.


They carried themselves with confidence and self-assurance.  They seemed to flow.  I never saw them self-conscious about how they walked, what they were wearing or their personal space.


They were kind and open.  They smiled at the cashier, said hello to people passing by and even if not engaging did not put on the sense of walls.  They were comfortable with themselves and those around them.


Take pride in your appearance, you may not be able to afford a thousand dollar suit; however, you can wear nice, professional cloths and make sure they are pressed, appropriate and in top shape.


I once told an intern who wanted to start looking for a permanent position that it was time she wore big girl shoes.  She was adorable, young and age-stylish.  Meaning she wore what most young people wore at the time – one of those things being big, clunky platform shoes.


I told her to look around at the women who were in positions she wanted to be and notice how they dressed – starting with their shoes.  Then next day she went to a local store and bought three pairs of “grown up” shoes and came into my office for a review.


I had her walk around in them, seeing which ones felt more comfortable and to notice how she felt walking in them.  She decided on a conservative yet stylish pair of black pumps.  The next day she wore them to work – not changing anything else about her wardrobe – and received many compliments about how nice she looked.  She then began modifying her look to the professional side rather than the age-trendy side and people took notice.  When her appearance changed, she gained confidence and started acting the part.


When handling a conflict or situation at your current job take a moment to think about your desired position would handle it.  Would they stress out about something minor, would they be more collaborative, would they be more goal oriented or would they be more action oriented?  Start acting the part.


Once you think like the role you want, speak like that position and act like it then you  – and others – will see you as that role.  From there it will be the most easy and natural transition to owning that position.



Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW


Advancement or Career Change – Write to Where you Want to Go

confidenceHere is a dilemma faced by many of my clients: they want to “go to the next level” but do not know how to get there due to where they are now or have been.


That sounded a little confusing so let me break it down and then give you secret to conquer this.


Where do you want to go:


  • Change directions in your current field?
  • Secure a position at the next level?
  • Break into a new industry?


What do you think is holding you back:


  • Stuck in the same type of position for some time?
  • Stuck at the same job?
  • Stuck in the same industry?


There is a reason that I asked the second question the way I did: what do you think is holding you back because these things really are not the biggest culprit.


So what is really holding you back?




Not intentionally, but in most cases you are presenting the box that is holding you in.  As I have stated many times, your resume is the foundation of your entire job search/business building strategy.  That is where it all begins.


Look at your resume and see if it has any of the following:


  • A career objective stating what position you are looking for including the words or phrases with any semblance to helping a company grow and expand.
  • Bullet points giving your previous and current employment that looks as though it was copied and pasted from the job description.
  • No mention or reflection of you what-so-ever throughout the entire resume.


That is what is holding you back.  If that is your foundation than this is exactly what you are communicating – your past in a lackluster, “what I was hired to do” way.


Now for the secret: write to where you are going not where you have been.


Let that sink in for a minute….I’ll wait.


When you write your resume you want to write it for the position you want rather than where you have been; write for the position you are targeting rather than detailing a past that does not match with that position.


You want the reader to see you in that position and in order to do that you have to paint that picture.  Do not leave it up to them to connect the dots.  Why?


  • They won’t
  • They don’t have time
  • They don’t care unless you tell them to.


Here are a few tips on following the secret:


  • Write your career objective all about them: you need to tell them who you are, what your value is and how you are the solution to their problem.  You have to tell them why they care about what you bring to the table and why they want to talk to you rather than anyone else.  (They don’t care what you want)


  • Know the job.  What skills, abilities and assets are most important for the organization and your success in that role?  Go beyond the widget knowledge – dig for aspects such as communication, organization, relationship building/management, budgeting, prioritization, collaboration, leadership, team building etc.  (Stop looking at your titles and what you were hired to do and look at what you actually did and how you added value)


  • Review your past experiences in terms of the new position.  What skills, value and abilities translate into the job you want?  If it calls for leadership where have you demonstrated leadership in the past?  It isn’t always the technical skills that translate rather the transferable skills that cannot be taught or they do not have time to train you on.  (You can learn the details of a widget but brining a strong skill set based on past success is invaluable)


  • Re-write your professional experience with this new perspective demonstrating your past as a progression or building blocks to that next position.  Demonstrate your mastery of the vital skill sets where you have been to align yourself with that new position.  (The job market is not the stock market – past successes are an indicator of future success)


It is your responsibility to paint the picture for the hiring manager of you being able to immediately assimilate yourself in that new job, provide value and succeed.  In order to do so you must be able to prove it – start with your resume than it will translate to your networking and interviewing.


If you effectively communicate and demonstrate yourself in that role – why would they possibly hire you for the position?  If you don’t see it neither will they.



Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW