Last week, one of my resume writing colleagues and LinkedIn group contributor John Sattler commented that he noticed a bit of a slowdown in work to mark the first month of 2017. While I haven’t noticed it myself, as I keep myself busy by doing value added work for my existing clients (such as updates and web profiles etc.), I can see where an issue like this could be blamed on Donald Trump. Everyone is procrastinating and waiting for America (and every other Western country by default) to be great again.
Job seekers are waiting to return to the days when they won’t need a resume to get a job. America was great when all one had to do was write their names on a paper shopping bag or the inside of a cigarette package to score that dream job. Now only plastic bags exist, and nobody smokes.
In short, if there is a slowdown in work, it is due to client procrastination as clients are guilty of lazy career management. Lazy career management will ultimately hobble Trump’s greatness imperative. More proactive career management involves frequent updates. People should be showing employers new resumes almost weekly to avoid hearing the words that made Trump famous in the first place. “You’re fired.”
If you want to advance in the company rather than being thrown under it, people will need clean and fresh resumes that itemize all the great work they’ve been doing. These should be taken out at annual reviews just in case the boss has other ideas of your performance.
Greatness will mean constantly looking over your shoulder to see who will be coming after your job next. I predict a lack of old fashioned scruples as they are replaced by alternative facts and other truthiness stretches. Facts can only be stretched so far when they appear as if they have fallen into a black hole.
To hold a job in this era of greatness, you will need a permanent spin doctor.
As far as your resumes are concerned, everyone will need several updates, because while those little orange hands on the wheel of the economy, there may be rough roads ahead. You’ll want to make sure your well stocked with versatile resumes with lots of alternative facts and lo lies.
Meanwhile, if you are a resume writer, it’s time to diversity those skills as well. You’ll need to add some tricks to your trade to stay on top of your client’s needs. Here are a few things to add to your portfolio:
- Rather that write resumes for clients to get a job, think on a more grandiose scale. Think branding where you use the resume to get people to develop emotional attachments to your client
- Learn the difference between a resume on an employer’s desk and a LinkedIn profile on the internet, and start writing them
- By a camera and learn to take photos of your clients. Honestly, don’t trust your clients to take brandworthy pictures of themselves. They’ll be sitting at their desks and holding their heads up with their hands under their chins. Employers search for signs of strength in LinkedIn profiles. There is nothing strong about holding your head up
- Or they’ll photograph themselves with a selfie stick and not smile. A smile evokes trust and truth. It is better to show some teeth in the smile. There is both trustiness and truthiness in toothinsess
- Or they’ll take out-of-focus cell phone photos with their phone on a selfie stick clearly visible in the picture
- Or they’ll fit the picture into the desired space by pointing the curser on the edge and moving the border’s edges around making their heads contort to amoebic shapes
- Or they’ll use pictures of the dogs or their cats to stand in for their integrity. These are probably ones you should drop. They might be animal abusers.
Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .
He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Ain’t no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.
He is a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”
He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at email@example.com or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover or a profile overhaul at competitive rates.