While lateral career moves will oftentimes achieve our immediate career objectives, most of us aspire to take a step up in our next job.
But in order to be considered for a role that’s vertical to the one you currently hold, hiring managers need to clearly envision you in the position they’re seeking to fill.
How do you demonstrate fit with a management level you haven’t reached yet?
Is it a Catch-22 situation?
Fortunately, it’s not.
The key to getting noticed is to rewrite your resume for the job you want, not for the job you have. Of course, that’s not accomplished by hyperbole or deception, but by focusing on how you’ve demonstrated leadership and stepped up beyond your day-to-day responsibilities—contributing to broader organizational objectives outside of the norm.
As you begin to think through your resume, here are some questions to ponder:
Impact: How have you influenced up, across, and down the organization?
Innovation: What new ideas, work approaches, or processes have you developed?
Stewardship: What initiatives have you taken from concept through to implementation and measurement?
Improvement: How have you contributed to business or departmental efficiencies?
Talent Development: How have you trained, developed or mentored others?
Ultimately, if you’re in a non-management role and would like to position yourself for a management role, ensure your resume includes content that reflects the qualities, skills, and accomplishments of a leader.
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