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About Your Resume
Skills obtained through
your entrepreneurial endeavors will spice up your resume and
entice a growing company.
by Lisa Roberts
Whether you work for your own company
or somebody else's, it's always a good idea to keep your resume
current! With career opportunities in such flux these days, and
individual skill sets maturing daily along with technology, you
never know when you'll need a synopsis of your present skills.
Get in the habit of updating
your resume at least twice a year. This way you'll be quick on
your feet if you suddenly get "jerked" into job search
mode. This can happen in your own company, when sales are low,
or in your employer's company, when staff positions are being
cut or reorganized.
Skills obtained through your
entrepreneurial endeavors will spice up your resume and entice
a growing company. The key to marketing your newly developed
skill set is to comprehend and speak the language of corporate
human resources. This is simpler than it sounds. All it takes
is a careful study of a metropolitan newspaper's current help
wanted ads. By tracking the skills employers are looking for,
and then taking a second look at your hands-on work experience,
you can create a highly marketable, targeted and effective resume.
For instance, the following requirements
have been lifted directly from "real-life" classified
ads and are precisely in tune to the entrepreneurial profile:
- Ability to handle multiple tasks
simultaneously and adhere to tight deadlines.
- A bright, imaginative thinker
with strong organizational skills and the flexibility to adapt
to changing priorities.
- Experience interacting with
vendors and direct client contact.
So when you're ready to roll
up your sleeves and repackage your professional profile, start
poring over the want ads in your field. Highlight the precise
requirements your experience meets and type them up, adding to
the list every week as job positions open. By the end of your
first month you'll notice a trend in the language and have a
highly-targeted guideline to help you rewrite your resume.
To view a resume that, using
the above techniques, became a "hot ticket" to a job
interview, click here. This resume
yielded a 33% success rate and was described during interviews
as "one of five" or "one of seven" chosen
out of hundreds received.
- Your resume is a marketing
tool - use your marketing know-how, gleaned during your entrepreneurial
endeavors, to "sell" your skill set and, of course,
to sell your self!
- © 1997 Lisa M. Roberts, all rights reserved. The above article
is an excerpt from How
to Raise A Family & A Career Under One Roof: A Parent's Guide
to Home Business, a title highly recommended by La Leche
League, Home Office Computing and the Family Christian
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