If you’ve ever felt like you had a lot to say about your work history and successes and could never find a way to put it down on paper then you should try brainstorming.
Better yet use mind mapping.
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Develop Career Drivers or Target Logos
As you mind map the details of your resume (or online profile) think about the one success or successes that make you the top choice for the job.
Write as many of these logo statements as you can or different wordings.
- Drove $xxxxxx in sales for 3 companies over 5 years and I can do the same for you.
- If you want someone who’s executed xxxxx person events that had a media impact of xxxx then you want me on your team.
We’re talking bold and confident statements.
Like “You want this? Hire me!”.
This is the kind of thing you’re sticking near the top of your profile, resume, whatever.
With mind maps you can write out everything you remember about:
- Your work history
- Your education
- Your hobbies, skills and interests
- Your goals (or road map)
- Your skills
Then branch out from each of those sections (which match similar sections on your resume).
The key is to write down everything and toss out nothing (until the very end).
For example under work history:
- Job 1
- Did xyz and earned $xxx.
- Did abc and saved xxx minutes per day.
- Did klm and cut process xxx time by 50%.
So on so forth.
Repeat this for every job or education piece you’ve ever done.
Create a Master Piece
The point is to create a “master resume” – the resume that you use to build detailed and targeted resumes for any job you apply for.
The reason it works like that is because you’ve put every detail you remember now and later into it.
You can use mind mapping programs or a piece of paper (and then scan it).
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(Above Photo via Violence Kingdom: mind map about yourself)