How long has it been since you’ve updated your resume? As the owner of a remodeling business, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s been many years (if ever). But you need to update it today.
Don’t worry. It’s not because I’m privy to an impending doom that is going to close down your company.
But I think you’ll find this exercise to be both practical and enlightening.
Here are four reasons to put together your resume today.
1. Identify your role
The last resume I wrote I couldn’t help but think, “Wow, how did I do all of this?”
When you put together your resume, you will go through an exhaustive exploration of what it is you actually do day in and day out. It will amaze you; I guarantee it.
As you assemble your duties into a cohesive resume-style document, patterns will begin to emerge. For example, you may start to see tasks that your office manager should be doing, or perhaps a list of grunt-work that you could pay a minimum wage helper to perform.
In the PowerTips TV episode, Are you wearing too many hats? Victoria talks about the importance of reducing your workload. Writing your resume will help you see what you are working on and help you determine if it’s something that should be on someone else’s resume, and not yours!
2. Get your personal brand in shape
You have a LinkedIn profile, right? Does your website have a Meet the Team page with your bio on it? And don’t forget about Twitter and Facebook.
Many business owners have incomplete and inconsistent online biographies. Primarily because they are thrown together on a whim at the time of creating an account.
An updated resume serves as a solid go-to document whenever you need to compose a bio, and more importantly, it helps keep your story consistent.
3. Get that spark back
As the owner of a remodeling company, you praise your employees for a job well done, but who praises you?
Running a business is difficult. It can be flat out overwhelming at times. It’s common for feelings of anxiousness, self-doubt and even panic to set in.
You get so caught up in the day-to-day (or even the moment-to-moment) chaos that you fail to see all that you have accomplished; which is precisely why you need to write your resume.
It is, by definition, a list of your accomplishments.
And I promise you; if you take this seriously and put together a resume as if you were looking for a new job, you will be astonished to see all that you have achieved.
You will be reinvigorated.
4. Be thankful
Do you remember the stress of job hunting? The anxiety inherent in sending out dozens of resumes and watching the minutes tick away while you wait to hear back?
It is a humbling experience to say the least.
Well, writing your resume could cause those feelings to bubble back up to the surface. And that’s is a good thing!
Embrace that feeling. Be thankful that you aren’t out there anymore and remember why you started this company to begin with. You’ve got a great thing with limitless potential!
I want to hear from you!
What do you think about this exercise? Are you willing to try it? Are there any benefits I may have missed? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.