I was asked recently to review a resume’ for a friend. She is aspiring to a higher position with the company for whom she now works.
I reviewed the resume’ and offered some improvements.
But the meat of the advice I gave her follows:
“It would be an upward internal move – one of the hardest to do. These moves are usually planned out well in advance from a career perspective rather than from an opportunity recognition perspective.
Internal upward mobility has more to do with relationships and how they are managed than with the way the resume’ looks.
People here know you and they have already formed perceptions and opinions of you. The way you’ve managed those perceptions and opinions over time will determine your internal upward mobility.
If an internal candidate earns this position, and I hope it is you, she will earn the position based not on her resume’, but on her relationships.”
As for the resume’, I took the liberty to make some changes – all deletions. The reason was to highlight what needs to be highlighted. With resume’s, when too much is highlighted, nothing is highlighted.
© 2012, Dr. Phil Bryant
Dr. Bryant is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbus State University and co-author of Managing Employee Turnover.