September is a time for new beginnings. Summer is nearly over and children are beginning to return to school. With the vacations and holidays behind us, it's time to get to back to work and to finally get moving on that change of career you've been meaning to get around to "one of these days." Companies are gearing up for the busy fall business cycle and you need to be ready if you're going to take advantage of the coming hiring season. So it's time to dust off that old resume and put some life back into it.
September is also, not so coincidentally, "International Update Your Resume Month", as put on by Career Directors International. For some of you, the economic times have been difficult and you've been looking unsuccessfully for work for months. If you aren't selling yourself with a solid, eye-grabbing resume, HR and hiring managers might quickly pass you over, even if you are imminently suited for a position, because they have so many other applicants who stand out. As your most important initial "sales pitch", your resume needs to speak for you and draw out what you have to offer.
Others of you may be thinking that you already have a stable job that you love and thus you don't need a resume. But that couldn't be further from the truth. Each passing year brings with it new responsibilities, new awards and achievements, and even new education and certifications. If you don't keep track of these items, as time passes some of the details of your stellar accomplishments will fade from memory. Besides, with the economy in its current fragile state, it is better to be prepared rather than having to react quickly in the face of a layoff. And, even more importantly, a resume isn't just about the job you're trying to get right now; it's also about your professional image, your "brand", that you will be wearing for the rest of your career.
At the Global Career Strategy Center (GCSC), our goal is simple: to teach you to define yourself, present yourself, recreate yourself, so that you can become the professional you want to be. From resume to interview to contract negotiations, and all the networking in between, we teach you the steps to implementing a deliberate career path that puts you in control.
- Create your personal identity (or brand, to use more technical jargon) through a professional resume and cover letter and effective networking skills.
We see hundreds of resumes every month and though your resume is not everything, nevertheless, it is the first impression recruiters and hiring managers have of you. What do you want them to see you as? A list of tasks? A few certifications and a degree? Or do you want them to see YOU, what you can do, what you can bring? Our resume writers bring out that quality, that distilled essence of your career to date, to express to potential employers what you have to offer them.
- Map your career plan (including geography, industry, companies, discipline, etc.).
An important question for every professional is: where are you going? What is your aim in your career? Is it simply financial security? Or do you have the drive and ambition for more but don't have a plan or the right focus? Or has worry about the present situation stalled your future momentum? That's what we're here to alleviate.
- Attain the right job so you can take the first step on that path to a successful career.
With a solid personal brand, the proper interview tactics and techniques, and the right connections under your belt, you have the assets to truly to succeed, no matter what your chosen career objective.
Global Career Strategy Center
Our trained staff has solid expertise in resume writing and career consulting, having helped thousands of people over the last 15 years achieve their career goals, including those in the midst of significant transitions in geography and industry and those who have a stable job at the moment but don't have the time to explore the career they've always wanted and need guidance.
So don't delay; visit our website, www.globalcareerstrategies.org, for a detailed description of our services. And contact Global Career Strategy Center today to learn how we can assist you in achieving your career goals. Don't let the present steal your future!
Arthur Gluzman, CEO, *PRA, *PCC
Global Career Strategy Center
*Professional Resume Advisor, *Professional Career Coach