Use Your Resume to Map Your Future

Career moves are never about maintaining the status quo. They are about taking steps toward a goal and building a future you’re passionate about. When we vet candidates for our clients, we discuss the big stuff: what challenges they are excited to take, where they want to be in 5 or even 10 years from now, their ideal work environment, for example. Their answers are rarely on the resumes they’ve provided. Traditionally resumes have been treated as glorified lists of skill sets and accomplishments–your past. However, your past isn’t what a potential employer or business is most concerned with or even interested in–it’s your future. What are you passionate about?

While your past helps build a foundation for the expertise and knowledge you’ve gained, your resume should be treated as a road map to your future and career goals. Your resume is often your first opportunity to convey your passion and energy for the position at hand. Incorporating your excitement into your resume hooks your potential employer and motivates them to interview you.

Consider these three resume objectives to guide your through your revisions and improve the responses you receive from potential employers:

Tell the story of your future. 

While resumes are often the first impression, they are also an interview tool. Makes sure that your past positions link to each other in a progression to help communicate that the career moves you’ve made are part of your personal  strategic plan to prepare for the role being offered as well as your overall career goals. This means being selective. Your whole life story isn’t required. Communicate impactful moments, lessons, and conquered challenges that motivate your career choices. When it comes time for your interview, your resume will help guide both of you to a deeper level of understanding in regards to your intentions.

Be clear.

There’s a the well-known truth: If you don’t ask, you don’t get. If you can’t clearly communicate what you want and what your goals are, it’s going to be a difficult journey figuring out whether a business or employer can help you achieve them. Define what your objectives are for both the present and the future.

Understand your deficiencies.

When you’re seeking to level up in your career trajectory, identify the gaps in your knowledge and experience, and use them to your advantage. Disclose how this potential position plays an important part in the overall map of your career goals by filling in those gaps and elevating your value as a leader. Those who understand the path to betterment are prepared to help lead others to find their own path.

APEX Executive Search values fit, first and foremost. This means we won’t recommend a candidate for a role if they aren’t going to love what they’ll be doing. Career satisfaction and solid hiring decisions have a lot more in common than traditional recruiting give them credit for. Diving into a candidate’s background is just half of the vetting process. The other half is projecting into the future to determine whether a potential employee’s goals and motivations are compatible with a company’s culture and mission. Your resume is the tool that’s going to make that conversation possible.