Many people look at their resumes as a historical document. A non-strategic resume would accurately be classified as such, as it addresses the what and where of a person's history of work with no thought to influencing perception. (Certainly a Curriculm Vitae fits this category.)
I hope that all readers are now asking themselves "What the heck is a strategic resume?!" A strategic resume could be renamed the future-focused resume. It is a document that chooses, with thought, consideration and deliberation, which aspects of one's duties to share, how to position these, and how to relate them to future career goals.
What an exciting proposition, no? Writing a resume with the goal of influencing the reader to "see" how you fit the needs of the role applied to?
Here are a couple of tips on how to achieve this:
- share only those skills that are relevant to the role aspired to. If the role demands team leadership, bring to the forefront the committees to which you belonged, which will dispell any qualms the recruiter has about your lone-star position that demanded no team-playing;
- write only about the achievements and projects that again show relevance. Or, find a way to talk about a big project by showcasing how you used a skill-set that is a major part of the job applied to.
If I want to be a corporate writer, I am not going to mention my filing duties working in the corporate communications office; rather, I will bring to the reader's attention my blogging activities on the internet; the section of the corporate website that I updated with content that I composed; the many PowerPoint presentations that I edited and pretty much rewrote.
That is a future-focused resume. And it has power! There is power in the written word; learn to use it strategically and you learn to manage your career. Working to your career success, Stephanie