TOP: The Networking Resume

Posted by on September 7, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Offer your resume at the start of a networking meeting and you have just pulled the plug on the meeting. Why? Because once a networking contact sees your resume, they assume they have all they need to know about you and will quickly determine whether you can do anything for them. Why then, should they listen to you now?So change the game. What you want is a document that invites collaboration, not judgment. And that’s exactly what the TOP does for you. The TOP is more powerful than the slickest, most professionally done resume. It’s a living project that evolves over time and enlists the people you meet with to help you fill it out and build it up. It’s a way of quickly bringing new people up to speed on what your dreams and ideas are about the next steps in your career. And it ignites fresh thinking about how you drive your job search from each HJM research meeting moving forward. It’s your tool for making progress and for building your community of contacts along the way.Leave the resume home and bring the Targeted Opportunity Profile instead. The TOP describes your future: the type of job you want, the type of hiring manager who would hire you and they type of employer that would be the best fit for your skills and experience.

Chapter 18 of “Unlock the Hidden Job Market: 6 Steps to a Successful Job Search When Times Are Tough” explains in depth this amazing tool, and how to use it. Power up your job search. Make the TOP work for you.