Following some professional advice and guidance is a good idea for people in such a situation. Below, 11 members of Forbes Coaches Council share their top tips to help mid-career professionals update their résumés after they’ve been in the same position for many years.
If you need a quick win with your résumé update, create a section at the very bottom of your one-page résumé called “Core Competencies.” Make this section either two or three columns and include six to nine keywords directly from the job posting you are applying for, as this must be updated for every application. By doing this, you are increasing your chances of being a match for the posted role! – April Willis, April Willis Consulting, LLC
When choosing content for your résumé, frame your accomplishments and ambitions according to what the reader wants to see. Map them to the impact they had on the company (revenue, costs, people, products, the brand), the customer (loyalty, problem solving, satisfaction) and against the competition (market share, leadership, innovation). Think of it as “sailing the three C’s.” – Terry Kahler, T. Kahler Coaching, LLC
Don’t justify why or make excuses for being in a role for a long time. Focus on the strengths inherent in the stability that you bring to a role. Loyalty, perseverance, flexibility, resilience and depth of subject matter expertise are all things to be emphasized and pointed out. Play to your strengths, don’t apologize for them. – Yvette Costa, Velocity Advisory Group
Although professionals may see their current contributions to their workplace as mundane after years in the same position, they should highlight the extraordinary in their résumés. Take time to consider the growth that you experienced over the years. There is no doubt that you will have special awards, certifications and experiences that have made you stand out. – Jarret Patton, DoctorJarret PLLC
Being able to demonstrate your skills base is key to professional progress. Whilst time is precious, exploring volunteering opportunities that will enhance your leadership skills and allow you to demonstrate your broader skills will, in turn, boost your confidence and showcase your ability to operate across a different type of organizational structure. – Claudine Reid, PJ’s Community Service
Updating a résumé implies a need to achieve a career move. Identifying the skills central to the next role is a priority. Do you have those skills? If yes, rewrite your résumé summary to reflect your mastery of those skills. If not, look internally or externally for project opportunities to gain those skills, gain them and then rewrite your résumé to reflect the achievement. – Ron N Hurst, Developing Leaders
I would highly recommend focusing on lessons learned, accomplishments and what you have developed along the road. Your next potential employer may value high learning agility, along with consistency. – April Sabral, April Sabral Leadership
Shake your mindset up. Stand upside down, change your perspective radically, move from seller to buyer and know what you want. Articulate your ideal working environment and know the leaders you want to work for and with. Stop selling yourself and be a buyer. Define yourself by the impacts you’ve achieved, not by how you did that. Let them ask that. Lead positively through your impact statements and go big. – Jay Steven Levin, WinThinking
It will be essential for a person who has held the same role for many years to highlight all of the reskilling and upskilling they have done over the years. Showcasing their learning journey by sharing recent certifications, classes and software knowledge tells the reader that keeping their skills current and relevant is important. – Caroline Vernon, Intoo, USA
Make your leadership tangible. As a manager, you have a responsible role model function. You are the driving force who sets the mood, values and attitudes and exemplifies them authentically. Show this in your CV to strengthen the trust in your person with transparency. Make your thoughts and intentions visible and communicate them in your résumé openly and honestly with valid, real examples. – Cristian Hofmann, Empowering Executives | SUPERGROUP LTD
Work with a certified, multi-year career brand writer who will push you beyond pulling achievements and job responsibilities. You need to create a document in Word that wows and moves you through the ATS systems. You need to work with a savvy person whom you can trust and who gets to know you as the brand, not just the person with the job. This person helps you project your value for what’s next. – John M. O’Connor, Career Pro Inc.