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Debra Wheatman, President of Careers Done Write, provides expert insight to the job search process that puts your career in gear with tips for interviewing, networking, job search strategies and how to create a winning résumé and cover letter.

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8:30PM

Women in Technology - Part 3

And the third and final post in our Women in Tech mini-series.
Today's guest blog comes from Amanda Augustine, Career Management Expert at TheLadders.

Thanks Amanda!

Compared to their male counterparts, women often face a steeper climb up the corporate ladder. However, there are some simple steps they can take to improve their chances of landing those promotions and advancing their careers. 
 
Actively seek out mentors and advocates. The right mentor can be a powerful tool in your career arsenal, whether you’re new to the working world or already well-established in your industry. In fact, Sheila Wellington, former president of Catalyst Foundation and author of Be Your Own Mentor, believes it’s one of the main reasons why men tend to rise higher than women in the workplace – men are more likely than women to have mentors throughout their careers. Identify someone in your field you look up to – in or outside of your current company – and reach out.
 
Clearly communicate your goals. Your boss isn’t a mind reader. If you’re interested in advancing your career, make your intentions known. Don’t wait until your annual review; your professional development should be an on-going conversation with your manager. Find out which skills you should build or improve to advance and set goals to measure your progress. This is also a great time to clear up any misconceptions that may exist. For instance, if there are concerns about your ability to travel, set the record straight and then ask for the opportunity to prove it.
 
Promote yourself. If you want to get ahead, you not only have to deliver results above expectations – you have to be recognized for your accomplishments. Share your successes with your team and take credit for your achievements. All too often women shy away from the spotlight because they’re worried about being perceived as too arrogant or aggressive. Don’t be afraid to let others know the role you played in the company’s success.
 
 
Amanda Augustine, CPCC & CPRW
Career Management Expert at TheLadders

 

6:00AM

How to Update Your Resume

As you develop your skills and grow in your career, naturally you’ll want to update your resume and LinkedIn profile.  How do you do that?  The common mistake is merely to add the new job description and place the position prior in past tense.  Over time, your resume will become very long document that just lists your history.  Does this type of resume tell a story?  Does it properly market you for current career goal?  Does it support your brand?  Not likely.   Whether you hire a professional writer or update your resume independently, there are basic things you should consider.

What’s New?

Take note of your new education, courses, skills, certifications, community service, and work experience.  Just as you may have done with your prior resume, uncover major accomplishments with measured results.  These new examples represent information to add to your resume. 

Where Are You Headed?

Everything on your resume should support your career goal.  Therefore, it is important to know your goal.  What is the next step in your career? What roles are you targeting?  Always think ahead so you can create a plan and update your resume to help you reach your target.

What’s No Longer Important?

If you don’t trim your resume, it has the potential to be many pages as you add new jobs over time.  Trimming your resume is not solely to achieve a magical two-page resume. (Although a brief resume is greatly appreciated by most readers.)  You want to review all of your information to be sure that it is aligned with your career goal.  It is common for professionals to have twists and turns in their career.  Some facts are no longer necessary. Additionally, as time goes by the older history is less relevant because it happened long ago.  Picture your resume as an upside-down pyramid with less detail about your early career and more about the recent career history. Are you wondering how far is too far to go back?  Ten to fifteen years is the ideal amount in most cases.

The Bottom Line

Your goals, experience, talents, and knowledge develop over time. It is important to update your resume to reflect the “current you.” This is more than just adding new skills, expertise, and accomplishments. It is about ensuring you have created a story with your career progression, included keywords and eliminated information not relevant to your current goal.  When you thoughtfully update your resume from top to bottom, the result is a document that clearly projects why you are the ideal candidate for the target job. 

6:00AM

Include language skills on resume if it's not relevant for a position?

Dear Deb:

Should I list language skills on my resume if foreign language skills are not listed as a requirement for the job that I am pursuing?  I am fluent in English and Spanish.  I am also fluent in Greek and Standard Croatian.  Are those languages worth showing on my resume?  It is not too often that an employer in the US seeks someone with Croatian skills.

Thank you in advance for your insights,

Leontin

Dear Leontin:

Speaking multiple languages is a valuable skill.  There is the obvious benefit if your employer interacts with clients, partners, vendors, or media in other countries.   Beyond that, multi-lingual professionals generally have the ability to relate to and connect with people of other cultures.  Those interpersonal and rapport-building skills are also valuable when dealing with people with whom you share a language.  Beyond that, I have seen articles based on psychological studies that suggest multi-lingual people are better multi-taskers due to their agility at shifting gears mentally from one language to another.

Based on all of that, I recommend that you list all of your languages in a “Language Skills” section near the bottom of your resume.

Thank you for writing!

Deb