As you consider the idea of a new job, is your first thought that you need a new resume or your existing one polished?
Many job seekers contact me in search of help in creating a new resume, yet after a brief conversation, it is clear that a resume is not their first need.
Before fine tuning or crafting a new resume, you need a clear plan as to where you want to go in your career and what means you will use to get there. Do you have a specific job in mind? Specific companies that you want to work for? Certain salary ranges that you are targeting or geographic locations that are on your radar?
Too, how will you go about your job search? By networking online and offline? By responding to posted ads? By targeting specific companies? Job fairs, recruiters, executive placement firms? The list goes on depending on your needs and expected future career target.
Outlining your job search strategy, the action steps you will take, the resources you need and your ultimate goal will be a valuable launch pad for your job search process!
From there, you can determine if you need the help of a professional resume writer, career coach or another career services professional to help you achieve your career goals. Most definitely a resume will be needed, but it might not be the first vital tool in this process.
For help, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Career Directors International www.careerdirectors.com or the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches www.parw.com to find comprehensive lists of qualified professionals who might be of assistance.