This is part three of a four part series on ‘How to Differentiate Ourselves in a World without Resumes.‘
Step two in differentiating ourselves without the use of a resume is to improve our toolset. In the first post in this series, I introduced this concept with the following:
Improve our toolset – Not from a technical standpoint (although that would help too). Once we shift our mindset from waiting to being proactive, we have to have the tools to be effective. First, we need to know how to effectively communicate, both verbally and in written form. We also need to build meaningful relationships, practice listening more thank talking, and, most importantly, we need to learn about ourselves on the deepest possible level.
There are three key aspects we need to add to our toolset in a world without resumes, and I’ll hit on each in more detail below.
Step 1: Become a great communicator
Communication is our most effective tool for differentiating ourselves in the market without use of a resume. Our written and verbal communication skills need to be ready for use.
One of the keys to effective communication in our career search is knowing what we are trying to communicate. This primarily has to do with self-awareness in the case of locating and going after our dream job. When we know a topic well, we are able to communicate well on that topic.
So, we need to start by studying ourselves. What are our values? What are we passionate about? What are our core strengths? What are our long term career and life goals and dreams? How have we exemplified these characteristics in our lives and how will they be valuable to a potential employer?
Step 2: Leverage free technology
The free technology available to us is incredible. With little or no investment, we could have a career-focused blog with a video resume that communicates exactly what we talked about above… Sound far-fetched? Gethired.com just received $1.75 Million in funding to start a video-resume job board. Still sound far-fetched?
How about this: printing calling cards and insert a QR code (which are free to generate) on the back side of the card to direct potential employers to your newly created career blog and video resume…
It sounds harder than it is, and in a world without resumes, technology will enable us to differentiate ourselves. The faster we hop on the bandwagon, the more likely we are to get a job. (After all, once everyone is doing it, it becomes much less of a differentiator.
Step 3: Build meaningful relationships
This principle stands the test of time. It’s never changed. Relationships are everything. You can be an incredible communicator, with an incredible career-focused personal website, and leverage all of the free technology in the world… And if you don’t have relationships it still won’t matter.
The problem most of us run into is that we realize the importance of relationships right about the time when we NEED something. This results in us taking a transactional approach to building relationships.
But building meaningful relationships means we should be taking an approach of learning and helping. Which means we need to start today.
Here are the top three questions I tell my clients to ask in any situation where they are trying to build a meaningful relationship:
- How can I help? (How can I help you meet your goals? How can I help you reach your dreams? How can I help you succeed?)
- What questions should I be asking that I’m not already asking?
- Who are the top two to three people I need to meet to learn about ________?