I spoke to a prospective client this morning during a “discovery session”, to introduce myself and find out where she needed support along her career path. This accomplished mid-career professional was looking to return to work after a 6 month hiatus to help her mom to recover from surgery.
After explaining how she was preparing for an interview the next day, she had a question: although she met all of the qualifications for the role she was applying for, her last job title was different. What should she do?
It took some convincing to help her to understand that while her previous experience is what it is, her future is entirely her own. She had the skills and qualifications to fill this new role, so her LinkedIn Profile, as well as her Resume Title and Summary Statement, should reflect that. This is how we build the right brand to fit the role we aspire to.
We know our own potential, yet unless we stake that claim, being hired into the role is unlikely. We’ll appear a riskier hire than the person who already has the title, even if our qualifications are the same, as they were in this case.
Our resumes and online profiles represent both past and future; the past through our work history, as well as our future through the job title we claim and select experienced tailored to show how we’re qualified, even if we haven’t held that exact title previously. We don’t need to wait for someone else’s permission. There is no hand-written invitation to step into our potential, it’s up to us to decide who we want to be.