Advice? Opinion? If you’re a job-hunting executive, you’re likely getting crazy-making input on your resume as you talk with a variety of people.
It gets even wilder if you start reading about how to write a resume. Because of this, you need to understand the distinction between advice and opinions and how to seek and filter advice.
Definition of Advice:
Definition of Opinion:
How to Get & Filter Advice on Your Resume
Do those definitions make you stop and think?
You’ve probably received both — advice from authoritative sources and opinions from everyone else. Beware, opinions can put your job search at risk.
Use the following five tips to find good advisors.
1. Look for relevant experience.
Find advisors who make decisions about interviewing and hiring people:
- At your level.
- In your industry and at your level.
- For the specific job you want.
2. Look for successful advisors.
- Read the person’s LinkedIn profile. Can they hold a job? Is their career on track or fast-tracked? Do they work for successful companies?
- What do you think of their profile? If you’re not impressed, think twice about asking that person to advise you.
- Read their recommendations. Do their colleagues describe a respected, successful professional?
3. Look for people employers pay for advice.
- Find a career coach who has a roster of repeat corporate clients.
- Talk with retained search consultants who have long-term client relationships.
4. Look for consistent advice.
- One of my clients recently had me write two versions of his resume. Everyone, including me, liked one version better than the other. He went with the favorite.
- However, if one of your advisors gives you brilliant reasons to buck the conventional wisdom, run his or her thoughts by some of your other “Board” members.
5. Listen to your inner voice.
- You didn’t get to be a successful executive without having good instincts and smarts. If your inner voice keeps saying, “Yes, but…,” share your thoughts with others for confirmation or a broader perspective.
- Trust yourself when you can say, “This is one of those situations where, based on my prior experience takings risks, I’m confident this is the smart thing to do.”
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Updated February 2019
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Donna Svei, an executive resume writer and former C-level executive, retained search consultant, and CPA, writes all of AvidCareerist’s posts. She has written for and been quoted by leading business, general, and career media outlets, including Forbes, Mashable, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Lifehacker, Ask.com, Social Media Today, IT World, Smart Brief, Payscale, Business News Daily, and the Muse. Let her background and experience inform your job search strategy and decision making.