Throughout your career as an executive, entrepreneur or creative professional you will have to write compelling career documents that highlight your gifts, strengths and experience.
Regardless if it’s your resume, CV, professional bio, proposal, pitch or executive summary, you want to write from your power, purpose and soul.
You want each of these key career documents to broadcast who you are and what you bring to every project, team and organization. You want your brilliance to leap off the page and immediately “WOW” the reader into the right course of action.
When you first focus on activities that have you come alive, it will be easier for the right keywords and phrases to spill out of you and onto the page.
Focus on activities that help you feel more energetic and enthusiastic about your career again. Then you’ll find yourself having fun preparing these key documents and naturally want to share them with others.
In the final part of this three-part series, I share ten brand new practical, creative and spiritual career success strategies that will help you create a winning document and attract more of the opportunities that you really want.
10 Strategies To Write An Opportunity Magnet Resume
1. Add quantitative values to your achievements. Dollars raised, dollars saved, clients served, teams managed, events produced, tickets sold, etc.
2. Attend a networking event of like-minded colleagues. Choose an event that feels less like work and more like you are connecting to new and old colleagues, clients and joint venture partners.
3. Browse one of your favorite stores. Choose a store that inspires you, renews your creativity, and reminds you of the purposeful career and/or business that you are committed to having.
4. Visit the websites of professional resume writers. Most have sample resumes, CVs, professional bios and executive summaries for you to view. Choose a format that speaks to your heart and soul and will best highlight your skills, knowledge and experience.
5. Schedule an informational interview with a leader in your industry. Find out what critical skills are needed to succeed and thrive in your field. Then make sure to highlight the skills you already have.
6. Act as if you’re writing someone else’s resume, CV, pitch or proposal. Take your emotions out of the writing process. Pretend it’s a homework assignment that only you and your teacher will see.
7. Write where you are most inspired. Your environment influences your flow and the work that you produce. Instead of forcing yourself to work against your natural rhythm, embrace the environments that help you produce your best work.
8. Sleep on it. Allow your heart and soul to digest what opportunities you really want to attract. After a good night’s rest, you’ll discover what needs to be added and removed from your document.
9. Review a job description of one of your “dream” positions. Identify the transferrable skills that you currently possess and the ones that you need to gain experience in and develop.
10. Make a list of 5 people in your network to ask for help. Get feedback on your document from people who want to help you succeed in your career. Gain insight from their different perspectives and points-of-view.
You don’t have to do all of these. You just have to do the ones that help you write from your power and soul and have you produce a strength-based document that attracts more of the opportunities that you want.