The end of the year has a built-in rhythm of taking stock and making plans for the coming year. We scrutinize habits, evaluate goals, and explore intentions. As you are thinking about your personal health, take some time also to foster your professional health by dusting off your resume. The best time to update your resume is before you need it! By making periodic changes and updates your content stays more accurate and descriptions more vibrant. Your 2017 resolutions should include professional resolutions. Allow your goals for the future to be informed by your growth in the past. Pull out your resume and evaluate these areas:
Current content. Start at the most basic: is your phone number and email correct? It’s best-practice to use a non-company email on your resume. Does your resume reflect your current position and duties? Do you have additional volunteer experience or skills to incorporate?
Additional accomplishments. Have you received any promotions or recognitions since you last updated your resume? Integrate recent achievements and awards into the existing format. Conversely, it may be time to trim off items you listed previously that are no longer relevant to your focus.
Dynamic descriptions. Evaluate the job duties and skills listed. Taking time to periodically update your resume allows you to describe tasks while they are fresh in your mind. Say you implemented a new CMS. What planning was involved? How did you approach the change? How did you communicate with staff? What evaluation measures did you carry out once the project was complete? Think through all aspects of a task and describe it using active and positive language.About Cheryl Hyatt and Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search
With over 20 years of executive-search consulting experience, Cheryl Hyatt has been responsible for successfully recruiting senior-administrative professionals for educational and non-profit organizations. Before partnering with Dr. Fennell, she was the President and owner of The Charitable Resources Group and provided not only executive search services but fundraising consulting expertise to the clients she served. Cheryl brings over 30 years of management and organizational leadership experience to her role with clients. Her breadth of experience, knowledge, and contacts makes her sought after professionally in her field. Ms. Hyatt has written articles and presented to various non-profit groups. She sits on various local non-profit boards offering a variety of expertise to each organization.
Hyatt-Fennell brings over 60 years of combined highly successful executive search expertise to its clients, a reputation for achieving results on the national and international level, and the ability to place top executives with higher educational institutions nationwide. The Executive Search firms of Gallagher~Fennell Higher Education Services and The Charitable Resources Group merged in 2010 to formalize their partnership and create Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search.