Don't Let the Recession Underestimate Your Career Value
Abby M. Locke | Executive Career Insights
July 28, 2010
I recently had the pleasure of working with a very talented marketing professional who wanted to explore opportunities outside of her company. She was on the executive track within her company, but wanted to make sure that she was making the best decisions for her career.
After working with her on her resume and other career marketing tools, I was happy to learn that she received an “on-the-spot” job offer at a networking event with the first unveiling of her resume. (Wow!)
Now, you have to recognize that it was about being in the right place and being prepared with a strong marketing document (targeted, branded resume) that landed her the job offer. She is still in conversations with her present company for internal executive opportunities, but what a great position to be in – it’s always wonderful to have options.
Her situation reminded me of another client who was able to successfully negotiate a 30% increase in her salary based on her revised resume that effectively documented her career achievements.
What do these stories have in common? Preparation + hard work + persistence + branded career tools = job offers, salary increases and/or access to new opportunities.
In both scenarios that I described, the women acknowledged that they were more motivated and confident about their skills, experience and qualifications after working with me to enhance their career documents. I have met too many professional women and men who want more for their careers, but are literally “sitting” on top-notch talents and unique capabilities that are undervalued and underestimated.
Abby M. Locke is an executive career strategist and job search specialist who has been interviewed, quoted and featured in Essence Magazine, the Washington Post, Washington Post Express, Wall Street Journal, CEO Update, Monster.com, Kiss 105.9, Black Enterprise, ABCnews.com and the Society for Human Resource Management. She serves as a Résumé Consultant for Women-for-Hire career fairs, contributes thought-provoking advice articles to The Ladders.com and ExecutiveAgent.com, DCjobs.com, Localcareers.com, and Careerealism and is the Seattle Resumes Examiner for Examiner.com.