How’s work? Not in the “are you performing well” sense but in regards to your happiness and sense of pride. Do you like what you do and are you happy doing it, or have you discovered that you’re in a bit of a professional rut? There’s no shame in admitting that you’re a little burned out, that you’ve been doing too much and don’t feel satisfied doing your job anymore. It might be time to move up and move on from where you are now.
Oh The Places You’ll Go
The good doctor once said “Kid, you’ll move mountains.” Move those mountains by doing something to better yourself professionally as well as personally: Finish your degree or certification. Did you start on your systems engineering online degree and never complete it? What’s stopping you from finishing it now? Some companies even offer their employees educational benefits, so check into your current workplace. Even if you don’t plan on staying for too much longer, take advantage of whatever resources you can. Education opens doors of all kinds, and having a degree can take you places you never imagined possible.
If a degree is more than you can handle or afford right now, don’t underestimate the power of professional certifications. While they are not exactly the same, taking the initiative to obtain a certification can make your resume stand out. It proves that you are dedicated enough to your craft to higher your learning and spend the time and money doing it. Again, many companies offer professional development for a deal, so before you fly the coop ask HR about what is offered. Furthering your education on the company’s dime is no waste of time!
Let Your Experience Show
You’ve spent the last how many years with this business and have seen it all; let your years there be the showstopper on your resume. Listing work experience is par for the course when you’re applying for a new position, but presenting it in a way that gets recruiters’ attention is another story. Need a step-by-step list?
- List your official job title first and foremost. Rather than a vague title like “receptionist” or “tech,” write out what is on your official offer letter. “Customer care representative” and “client systems specialist” sound a lot more impressive.
- Avoid looking unprofessional and rambling by cutting fluff from your resume, being sure to only showcase the skills and experiences that are relevant to the field. You might make the most perfect omelet this side of the Appalachians, but if you are applying for a marketing analyst position that information doesn’t help you very much.
- This is your chance to brag about the great work you’ve done! Describe your experience in detail, but not so much detail that you have written an autobiography. Back up whatever you claim on your resume with personal examples. For example, swap “I am a team player” for “My team and I worked through many extra evenings and weekends to prepare 300 Chromebooks for student deployment.”
Volunteer Work Is Not Lost On Recruiters
Have you spent the last four years walking dogs at the humane society on Sundays? Read books for story hour at the local library? Recruiters love seeing volunteer work on a resume. You might think “So what, it’s what I enjoy doing,” but that’s exactly the reason why they love it. It gives insight into the kind of person you are, what is important to you and how you choose to spend your free time. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with binge-playing The Sims and building a massive mansion all weekend, but choosing to do unpaid work for hours at a time is a different, more hireable kind of hobby in recruiters’ eyes.
If you feel like it’s time to polish your resume and start looking for another place to work, remember Dad’s advice: It’s easier to find a job while you still have one. Use the skills you’ve learned at your current workplace in your search for the next great thing.