You, Only Better

Dust off that resume and polish your image

Often, when one reaches a level of contentment in their job—they’re happy with their work, the organization, their team—they don’t give too much thought to the state of their resume. But given the increasingly unpredictable nature of today’s workplaces, failing to think proactively about your skills and how you are portrayed could be a big mistake.

"While seeking to do more with less, organizations have become more selective about those they hire to fill ever-expanding roles," Richard Hutchings wrote in "Blaze Your Own Trail." "For employees and job seekers, it means they need to step up and actively drive their careers."

This month, we’ve put together a great assortment of articles to help you keep your career on track. In aggregate, the articles range from explaining why it’s so important to take the bull by the horns in terms of your career to how to do it, with a few great ideas for making yourself stand out and getting the career you want.

In his article, Hutchings explains why it is so important to manage your own career. Employers are increasingly discerning about matching open jobs with the right talent. For employees, they must possess value that is two-fold:

  • Having the right mix of skills and abilities.
  • Making sure employers and potential employers know it.

He reveals several more tips for getting noticed and getting out there, one of which is building a personal network. LinkedIn, of course, is one very good way to do just that. So, back by popular demand, we bring you a follow up to last year’s cover story about LinkedIn. In "The Brand Named You" author Wayne Breitbarth tells you how to maximize your image, exposure and influence on the site, which has become the go-to for the professional masses.

"The days of the company pension and gold watch are quickly becoming a distant memory for most of us," he says. LinkedIn allows users to create a personal brand and promote it, and his tips and advice will help you do that.

Finally, this month’s cover story, "Learning to Fish" explains a method developed by author Kimball Bullington to help himself—and the college students he teaches—plan the best route to attaining the career they seek.

Using the fishbone diagram as the basis with its six traditional branches mainly pertaining to manufacturing—people, processes, materials, machines, measurements and environment—he developed new "bones" that get to the heart of a successful career.

Get more details on how this has worked for Bullington and his students in this month’s Author Audio interview.

Seiche Sanders

Seiche Sanders

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