Each business has a business plan. Then, at the end of the year, you review how things have gone.
Think of yourself as a business, and your resume as your business plan’s year-in-review document. It talks about everything you’ve ever done that went well.
You reflect on your business, but what are you doing to create the business? Are you building your career-forward or are you only ever looking back at it?
As important as it is to reflect on these achievements through the creation of your resume, all successful companies including YOU, must also work hard to build a strategy so in order to have a direction.
A Reactionary Resume Isn’t Enough.
Today’s resume is often a reactive one. Yes, sometimes this is necessary.
In reality, since the resume is a process where you’re looking backwards rather than forwards, most of my clients seem strapped in for a ride that they may or may not even want to be on. Where they end up is usually similar to where they’ve already been.
My question to you is, as the CEO of the company YOU, have you thought about the future? And if you haven’t, why not? Shouldn’t you be focusing on growth? On looking forward? On expansion?
If you aren’t thinking about it, chances are another candidate will be considering it right now and will be competing for the job you’ll want tomorrow when you’re ready to think about it.
The only problem with that is that *they* would have spent time preparing, learning, broadening their horizons, and positioning themselves as the perfect candidate when that time finally comes.
Don’t be another candidate on auto-pilot, looking for a resume writer when it’s time to move on from a job or when you’ve been moved on from a job. At that stage, nobody wants to plan. They just want to survive.
Create From A Place Of No Threat.
Take out a pen and paper and write down the following question:
“If I was free to do anything that I wanted, what would I be doing?”
Create for yourself your one perfect day scenario. Envision it. Feel it. Immerse yourself in that world. The world where in 5 to 10 years, you are doing EXACTLY what you want to be doing. And you’ve played an active role in creating it.
Now, ask yourself this question:
“What do I need to do to align my actions today with what I desire in the future?”
Fill in the gaps with all the baby steps (roles, achievements, responsibilities, skills) that you need to take to get you there.
You’re the CEO. The goals can be as audacious as you please (and nobody has to know what you’ve written!).
There are no restrictions other than the ones we place on ourselves. So plan from a space of possibility. This business (you and your career) has unlimited potential. You are at the wheel. So create the resume you desire the same way you’ve created your resume up until now.
Why Plan Your Resume?
If you don’t plan and don’t think about what you want, you are limiting your opportunities as you will only get what you’re given. This complacency can lead to a lack of fulfilment down the road.
Commit to stopping the reactionary loop of only thinking about your job when you need out of it.
Look for more than just a promotion. Look for opportunities to expand the breadth of your resume, expand the depth of your experience, and even perhaps taking side steps, accepting a lower salary temporarily to ensure that you’re covering key requirements for future roles.
Look back on your career and ask yourself: if you had really been a high-performing General Manager for your career over the years, what would you have done differently? Have you made the best decisions for the business in each moment. And are you making the best decision for your business – You – right now?
Keep asking yourself that question. It will keep you on track and focused.
The Real Next Step.
This is your invitation to start thinking ahead about the resume you would like to have in the future. Your dream resume.
If the answer doesn’t come straight away, persevere. It will come once you start viewing your resume as a forward planning process rather than a backwards reflecting process.