Why waiting to write your executive resume is a huge gamble.
As an executive resume writer, I get a lot of calls from eager job seekers with job postings in their hands, asking if I'll write them a resume in 24 hours because they 'need it right away.' There are resume writing services that do, but I am not one of them.
The reason I do not take on last minute project is because it's not going to work. The results will be rushed and that is not the first impression you want to make.
Imagine writing a 12-month research thesis the night before it's due; now multiply that by the number of years you have been working. Great research works are not written quickly and neither are great resumes. They are written via a comprehensive process that demands a little more thought than a one-nighter.
"Every storytelling exercise should begin by asking: Who is my audience and what is the message I want to share with them?"- How to Tell a Great Story , Carolyn O'Hara
To tell a great story, and a resume is your career story, you need to start with two things: understand your reader and know what you want them to learn. Can you really conduct quality research on both in less than 24 hours? Instead, I recommend the Research, Analyze, Write, approach.
The best place to start your job search is by doing some soul-searching.While common thinking might suggest you start your job search by writing your resume, I advise this instead: Start with why you love the work you do. Engage in some thoughtful analysis and evaluation of your career. Hone in on the talents you most enjoy. What part of your work day do you most enjoy? What drives you to do the work you do? Here are some other things that you might enjoy at your place of work: the culture, the work itself (I'm talking about the day-to-day stuff), your clients, your colleagues, working from home, the commute, the benefits, your potential for advancement... there are so many things to choose from.
Whatever it is you enjoy most, begin your story there. Be careful, though, some people mix up what they 'can' do with what they 'want' to do. For example, I *can* type really fast, but I *want* to partner with leaders to help position them for career success.
The point here is to focus on what you most enjoy about the work you do, and highlight that work to potential employers. There is no sense highlighting 'typing' if you would rather 'write for business executives'.
Get wise to the local labour market. Before you consider leaving your current job or taking a new job, conduct a deep analysis of potential employers. Again, start by doing some soul-searching. What kind of employer do you want to work for? What will they offer you? What is most important to you about your next job?
Develop the criteria to evaluate an employer. What is important to you? Use the information you collected in the 'research' stage to create a baseline from which to evaluate companies.
First, identify the organizations within your industry in your region. Next, find out