I know, I know. I've been talking about resumes a lot lately. More specifically, I've been a bit "anti-resumes" a lot lately.
It's not that I don't think you need a resume. You do.
It's not that I don't think you need to improve your resume. You do.
It's just that you may be spending too much time mulling over your resume. You are.
In my humble opinion, you need to be spending more of your time crafting your story around your career. You need to really understand what your unique value proposition is for the companies you are applying to. What makes you unique. Why are you pursuing this new path. What have you done in the past that shows that you are the right person for the job. Knowing that and being able to articulate THAT is going to land you the job - not a perfectly designed resume.
The first step is having an elevator pitch ready and on hand. Think about it. How many times do you get asked, "So, what do you do?"
I mean. A zillion times a week. Especially if you're like me and in new social situations every day.
Whenever someone asks you that question, think of it as a low-pressure way to practice for an interview. Give them a synopsis of your work and break it down into three bits:
1. Your role and your company
2. What you do
3. How you provide value
"I work for the New York Stock Exchange where I'm a Business Analyst. So when a company is about to go public, my department meets with the CEOs and CFOs of those companies to convince them why they should list NYSE vs. Nasdaq. I support the Managing Directors by helping with data analysis, coordinate with multiple internal and external departments and support IPO day functions including reporting from the Trading Floor, assisting clients and collaborating with events and marketing."
It takes time and work to really encapsulate what you do. It sounds like it's easy, but especially if you've had an interesting career, it's hard to articulate quickly in an interview. So please, do me and the hiring manager a favor and prepare for your interviews.