I can’t stress enough the importance of embracing the idea that no matter how basic, vanilla, or unglamorous you believe your skill set or your resume is, there is no one else who can specifically do what you can do or are capable of doing. No one. Not one person – even if you lined up with someone who has your exact set of raw skills – can do everything you do the way you do it.
While the workplace is starting to see a shift, there is still a strong propensity to believe that skills and talents remain generic and easy to categorize and rate, even when attached to unique individuals.
What I want for everyone I work with is to know that you have the ability, and more importantly, the responsibility to look for ways to break through those external barriers and get HR and hiring managers or anyone else you interact with to want to hear YOUR story so you can determine if they meet YOUR criteria instead of the other way around. That may sound a little idealistic, but I believe it’s a necessary paradigm shift that needs to be made, and we can’t wait for organizations to “get it”.
It can be challenging to begin this process. If you’re anything like me, at those points where you have to update your resume for some reason, you feel a sense of dread. I’ve never met a person who actually looks forward to that process.
But your resume is the wrong place to start! If you want to see how you can start the process from an entirely different place, consider signing up and joining me for my 3-day Talent Stacking Masterclass/Workshop series going live December 27, 28 and 29 (Mon-Wed) – Noon-2pm Central.