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The only time most people think about their resume is when they’re looking for a new opportunity with a different employer. But, that’s not the case. A winning resume can increase your odds of success when applying for an internal promotion.
If you’re competing with outside candidates, you already have one thing going for you. You’re already there. When you have a history with the employer, they don’t have to worry whether or not you’re a culture fit.
Hopefully, you also know some, if not all, of the players that might include the hiring manager, the HR team, and anyone else with influence.
That said, you still need to sell yourself to get the job.
Many people assume that if they’ve been with an employer for several years that their reputation precedes them. They think that if they’ve streamlined processes to save time and money or generated sales revenue or cut down on employee turnover people will know. But the only way to be sure of that is to tell them.
The bottom line is that if you’re applying for an internal promotion you need to sell yourself with an achievements-based resume. A resume geared towards your target role.
Here are six things you need to think about when writing your resume:
Start keeping track of your accomplishments today. Create a “brag book” with letters from clients, notes from colleagues, and performance reviews. Update your resume every six months so you’ll be ready when the next opportunity arises.
If you’d like to work with Annette Richmond, a certified resume writer, LinkedIn Profile writer, and career consultant, please visit career-intelligence Resume Writing & Career Services to schedule an introductory call to discuss your needs.