November 8, 2012

Taking My Own Advice

This magazine is still in publication today.   Really.

Full disclosure:  I'm the worst HR professional in the world.

  • My resume isn't up to date and neither is my LinkedIn profile.  I have a good job and no intention of leaving, so I've been very, very lazy in this regard.  
  • I do not keep up with comings and goings on Facebook and I definitely don't use it to network.
  • I don't reach out to my network as much as I should. 
  • I don't eat lunch with my colleagues (!!!)

On the flip side...

  • I have several mentoring relationships.
  • I have built very good relationships with my colleagues by participating in tons of committees and projects that are outside of my realm over the years (and by being a decent person, I think). I also participate in team activities, like bowling, potlucks, etc.  
  • I help my colleagues when I can, thereby building good social capital.
  • I can name at least 10 people right off the top of my head who I would list as solid professional references.

But I still need to get my act together and the first step is probably the easiest:  fixing up my crummy resume.  In fact, instead of NaNoWriMo, I'm making November my own personal ReWriMo: Resume Writing Month!  Not quite as catchy, sure, but a heckuva a lot more helpful.

The biggest issue I'm having is filling in the details, so let me take a moment to drop some wisdom on you:  whether you are looking for a job or happy where you are, it's a good idea to review your resume at least once every 6 months.  Most people rack up skills and experiences every day and it's hard to remember facts and figures when you try to tackle it all at once.  I have been keeping a running list in a Word document, but I'm a terrible note-taker, as it turns out.  Write full sentences, include the facts - you can always pare down later.

My goal is to have my resume wrapped up no later than Thanksgiving (my application for some community service projects depends on it, so it's extra fire under my butt).

Finally, here are some posts I've written about resumes so you too can join me in ReWriMo (ugh - we've gotta get a better name).

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