What If Current/Past Supervisors Wrote Your Resume?

Wouldn’t it be interesting if resumes were prepared by current and former supervisors instead of by the job seeker? What would they say about you? How different would the content be? What functions and strengths would be highlighted? What results would be showcased?

I was talking about the above concept with a job seeker recently. Guess what she said. “That would be awful! My bosses rarely knew and appreciated the full scope of what I did for that company!”

Houston, we have a problem. My first thought was, “Gee, I wonder if that’s why you’re no longer employed.”

So much attention is given to making a case for what skills, talents and value we have to offer potential employers. We go to great lengths, research all sorts of strategy, to capture their attention and trust, but forget to do so after the offer letter is received. Once hired, the message to employers of what value we are contributing, what we’ve accomplished and how broad our abilities and functions have become vanishes.

Some believe employers “should know” what they are doing and how much they are contributing. Maybe they should, but if you have any reason to suspect they don’t, you are the one accountable to correcting that problem. If you are reading this thinking my boss wouldn’t have a clue what to put on my resume then you are knowingly in a situation where your boss has no real idea what he/she is getting in return for your paycheck. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t be comfortable with that knowledge. This is an economy where employees who aren’t believed to be improving the balance sheet of the company don’t have a lot of staying power.

2 Comments

  • Scot Richards says:

    ** In My Opinion **
    If one is not their personal representative who will be? One cannot expect a manager to simply “know” their value without deeds and actions to back it up. Co-workers who recognize a person’s value are nice for the ego but have no effect on longevity or salary. I believe many workers get lulled into a false sense of worth by the comments of others and take their eye off who has the ability to advance or end their career.

    @Scot_R

  • Lisa says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Scot. You’re spot on. We are our own agents. We are our own business. Employers should be viewed as customers and regarding as needing frequent and complete updates on how we benefit them now and down the road. They are the ones who will decide if we stay or go. The great thing is, by taking the time to weigh all of this in our minds we are better able to see when we may be falling out of value.

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