The Resume

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“I needed that title on my resume to take the next step.”

–  A young professional for whom I have a tremendous amount of respect

This week at a business conference, I ran into a young professional — one of the next generation of Difference Makers.  We were discussing “what’s next” in this person’s career.

“I needed that title…”

Maybe.  Maybe not.

Resumes matter, and facts on resumes have to be legit.

The next job, though, the next place to leave a mark, likely comes from someone we already know, or from someone who knows someone we already know.

The value of the network is exponentially more than the value of the resume.

A mentor of mine said, “It’s who you know that gets you in the door.  It’s what you do that keeps you there, and determines where you go from there.”

Focus on growth and building a quality network — the resume follows pretty closely behind — and the facts and titles you’ll be able to include might even surprise you.


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Comments

  1. Tom Michaelian says

    Good message today, Steve . . . and timely in that I’m assisting a number of professionals with job search strategies. I completely agree that networking is paramount – – the odds are that the next job a person lands will be via someone they know. There’s no shame in letting people know that you’re looking.

    Keep up the great writing!

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