What comes to mind when you think of the writing you do as part of the career change and job search?
Maybe headlines such as “the resume is dead” have you asking whether spending time on your “career writing” is worthwhile.
Is Written Career Communication Still Relevant?
Whatever technologies companies use to recruit employees, both now and in the future, effective communication remains relevant for career changers and job seekers. As technology plays a bigger part in company operations including talent acquisition, paying attention to your communication as a candidate is more important than ever.
In today’s world of work, career changers and job seekers have endless ways to communicate. The medium changes. But what doesn’t change is the importance of being able to tell your career story in a way that you feel good about and makes sense to potential employers. You can do this more effectively through different forms of career writing.
You don’t need to limit yourself to one mode of career communication, such as the traditional resume or CV. Some of the many options for career writing include content for your social media profiles, email messages for networking, your bio, work proposals, recommendations and more. You are not limited to written text. You can use audio and video. Whatever your mode of communication, your messaging begins with the words you choose.
The important thing is to be selective. There is no “one size fits all” approach. Tailor your career writing and communication to what fits your personal situation and your goals for your career and work-life.
Maybe you are facing some of the career challenges below?
Applying Career Writing to Common Challenges for Career Changers
- Feeling overwhelmed and by too much information and too distracted to make progress
- Not knowing “what’s next” and feeling stuck and without direction
- Worried about how to present gaps in your work history without sounding “flaky”
- Realizing that communicating “success stories” is important but unsure how to frame them in a way that is both succinct and convincing
- Moving to a new location or field and wondering how to network when you don’t yet know anyone
- Unsure what to include in a bio that you can use for networking and/or the “about” section of your online profiles
Your challenges and experiences are unique to you. Do the example above resonate with you?
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Jennifer Bradley helps professionals get unstuck and move forward in their career and work life. She offers individual coaching and consulting, leads workshops, and writes about personal and professional transitions.