“If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.” ~Robert Baden-Powell~
It’s amazing what we learn about ourselves, business, and others when we take the time to listen to and observe our interactions and surroundings. Our observations can prompt a laser focus on words, deeds and actions that we need to revise or further develop to be at our best professionally. Listening and observing has guided me and many others to watch the impact that executives and professional peers have on their colleagues to motivate them to accomplish goals and requested deliverables. The productivity takeaways and outcomes generated by observing different personalities and business strategies be executed to complete projects, meet deadlines, and build relationships.
These outcomes can be humbling and at the same time invigorating to be confident in preparing yourself for career excellence through active listening and observation. Realizing that what you observe in the actions of others, may be a reflection of something you may need to change within yourself. Ranging from being on time, your delivery of a message, your image or your relevancy as an industry subject matter expert. Observations can provide peace of mind to where you are in your career. Listening to mentors, veteran professionals or peers that are supportive of you being overall successful can help resolve what areas in your professional repertoire that need dedicated attention and time to cultivate growth. Professional growth through listening and observation will confidently help you advance to the next career lesson versus repeating the same career lesson multiple times during different seasons of your career. Taking the time to observe and listen will become a coveted reward of learning through the professional lessons of others. Mastering effective listening and observation will be a career tipping moment for you. By choosing to be present in each moment of your day you are calling an acceleration of greatness at a higher level to attract to you because you recognize the perspectives and guidance that surrounds you daily.
Our career path and journeys to experience the success we vision board, journal about and plan to experience are full of twists, aha moments and more often than we desire, self-reflection. The journey, to being career confident can be a wild adventure for some and sprint to the finish line for others. For many through trials and errors, classes, workshops, mentorship or observations have learned different efficient tactics and ways to build their career confidence. When it is all said and done, accountability to self is the key to your overall development of owning your career confidence. No matter where you are in your career. New grad or a seasoned professional, we consistently are forced to revisit the basics of professionalism to keep us grounded and focus on fine tuning our strengths and developing the skills that challenge us. No matter the outcome of each day, remain determined to remain confident in your career journey and each lesson that you acquire along the way that gifts you clarity, answers, heightened professional awareness and coveted wisdom.
Owning your career confidence will lead you to your next level of excellence that only you can create and contribute to the legacy of your career. Your confidence in yourself and your abilities, when you’re misunderstood, driving change or developing yourself for advancement will be a beacon of light that will assist you in remaining unshaken and diligent in your career pursuit. Your successes and net results will serve you well as you hold fast to completing the course to accomplishing your career goals with the expected and unexpected detours along the way. There is no special formula to owning your career confidence because everyone’s experience dynamics is different. There is one action component that is required by all, consistency. There is no getting around it, trust the process. Be consistent in evolving your mindset of excellence. Be consistent with expanding your research and network. Be consistent with being confident in your ability to be successful regardless of the timeline of accomplishment. Be consistent with being accountable to owning your career confidence, your peace of mind about your career is worth it.
Our resumes equate to a snapshot of your success, experiences and credentials. There is no need to be shy nor reluctant to confidently list what makes you qualified for a career move that you’re pursuing. During my tenure as a career services professional, I would see resumes that exuded confidence. Other resumes prompted a conversation of motivation that would encourage the candidate to move forward and toot their own horn and list their skills, abilities, and accomplishments. Writing resumes that warrant an interview invite is a niche skill that not everyone can do.
Winnie E. Caldwell is not only the blogger of The Wire Hanger By Winnie that deems herself a dreamer and doer. She is also a sought after resume writer that initially started offering résumé revising as an option to give back to the supporters of her blog if they donated to her GoFundMe campaign to build her blogging brand. Winnie resume services have become a full circle for her. She took resume writing classes years ago and remained current through research and mentors that are hiring professionals. Winnie is a St. Louis, MO native that has that “Show Me” state mentality. She applies that same intellect to the clients she works with when revising their resumes. In the interview below Winnie shares how she helps her clients confidently shine bright in an application tracking system and get noticed.
Career Tipper: How do you help professionals not undersell themselves on their resumes?
Caldwell: My resume services here at The Wire Hanger By Winnie are simple. Looking for a new job/career is a full-time job itself. So when new clients reach out to me for resume revising, I make sure to ask what his/her goals are. Once we have that understood, I critique the resume, rewrite it and return a revamped resume to the client. With the return of a new resume, I show the client what I saw in him/her that they didn’t identify themselves! I had one client tell me; I took her resume from a high school diploma to making her think she got her Masters Degree! A revamped resume alone builds confidence for my clients to accomplish career goals.
Career Tipper: How can professionals get their resume noticed when submitting their resume through an Applicant Tracking System?
Caldwell: Great question! I learned, from reading other blogs, about the Applicant Tracking System. For those that aren’t familiar with the logistics of an applicant tracking system; it is an electronic service that employers use to decipher potential candidates. The great thing that has worked in my favor is having the skill of using useful keywords. In blogging, keywords are important. Keywords are how people find you online if they are utilizing search engines for something in particular. Keywords are also important when creating a resume/cover letter. In example, the words, multi-task or outgoing, won’t help your resume to stand out. Use words that are directly related to the position you’re applying to. If you are looking for Hotel Management employment, within your resume, use frequent words such as, Hospitality, Hotel Management, Front Desk, etc.
Career Tipper: What perspective should professionals have about the overall presentation of their resume?
Caldwell: Professionals should have the perspective of a hiring manager. Is your resume legible? Is your resume fluffy? Is your resume too lengthy? Those are things to consider. Remember, you are an applicant for the position. What are you bringing to the table? Instead of just stating that you’re innovative, tell how you’re innovative. Did you develop a new program for your current employer? Did you acquire grants or sponsorships? Your resume is for show and tell. It’s an honor that I get to show my clients how they are a worthy hire through a resume rewrite.
Feel free to contact Winnie via email at Winnie@TheWireHangerByWinnie.com or through her blog at www.thewirehangerbywinnie.com to schedule a resume review.