Resumes are dead!
Well, almost. According to today’s Wall St. Journal, sorting resumes has become so tedious that recruiters and hiring managers often just turn to employees’ recommendations first.
That means that keeping your professional network fresh and engaged is paramount. Your current and former teammates are your fastest route to a new position.
That’s why The Career Lattice explains how to use BranchOut, the professional channel for Facebook, and LinkedIn, to showcase lateral skills and how you have navigated your career path. Lateral skills don’t always fit neatly on a resume, and the standard resume format doesn’t lend itself to explaining smart lateral moves.
Use these three tips to keep your teammates in the loop about your lateral development so they can recommend you for the right job at the right time:
- Talk about the incremental progress you’re making towards your goals. Give your teammates talking points they can call up when the time is right.
- Ask for lateral introductions to fast-growing departments, projects or companies.
- Recap team successes, citing who contributed to the win. This gets everybody on your team in the habit of naming the skills that added up to collective progress.