175: Articulating Your Brand on Your Resume

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Why is personal branding important?

To differentiate yourself in a crowded candidate pool

To clearly convey the benefits an employer will get from hiring you

To avoid being the “generic” candidate

NOT an objective – which tells the employer what YOU want, rather than what you can deliver

The problem with most people’s attempt at branding is that it is generic and non-differentiating.

Here’s an exercise to begin the branding process:

Pick one of the following brands, and write down three adjectives that describe them:

-Nike

-Starbucks

-Chick-fil-a

-Apple Computers

-Keurig

-Bombas Socks

-Disney World/Disneyland

-Yeti

You probably didn’t have any trouble coming up with three adjectives to describe the company you chose. You want others to be able to quickly identify your brand.

Branding is important for your resume and LI profile; your brand can also serve as a guidepost in making career decisions.

Questions to ask yourself

Pick one of the following to compare yourself to:

-A model of car

-A breed of dog

-A household appliance

-A restaurant chain

Ask yourself these questions:

-Which one (model, breed, etc.) am I?

-Why did I choose that one? How does that choice describe me?

These are also great questions to ask those who know you well, in a variety of capacities.

The next step is to select 2-3 of these questions to answer:

What have you consistently been asked to do in your work?

What is your “secret” sauce?

What do others say you do well?

What is your unique constellation of attributes?

In what area(s) of work do you lose track of time and become totally absorbed?

Example #1

Multi-Unit Manager, Healthcare

Seasoned operations and facilities manager with a record of superior facilities management with award-winning cleanliness, rapid response in resolving issues, and strict adherence to healthcare provider standards.

Consistently asked to take on additional roles and responsibilities due to resourcefulness, meticulous follow-up and follow-through, and ability to empower team members.

Highly effective in communicating with staff at all levels of the organization, as well as collaborating—and enhancing relationships with—with referral sources.

Representative Successes:

Promoted from Operations Manager of a single facility to District Operations Manager for 23 facilities with COMPAN—a fitness company with 700+ facilities throughout North America.

Chosen twice as change agent for major acquisitions including terminating redundant employees, relocating top-performing employees, and evaluating equipment for redistribution and removal.

Restructured key position at COMPANY to take a holistic view of the patient experience that included referral sources, family members, and other key stakeholders.

Recuperated as much as $1M in revenue through effective facility manager training and motivation.

Rebuilt staff and workflows in Tallahassee and Panama City offices of COMPANY — improving efficiency, employee engagement, and patient satisfaction.

Example #2

Astute and personable finance executive with considerable experience leading financial reporting, preparing yearly operating and capital budgets, AP/AR, Payroll, Purchasing, Medical Records, Dietary, and Environmental Services. Consistent record of increasing transparency/accountability, resolving financial management issues, and implementing systems and processes that enhance efficiency and effectiveness.

Exceptional Record of:

§ Supporting managers in understanding financial operations and making intelligent financial decisions

§ Managing physician contracts and vendor negotiations for a range of services

§ Renegotiating contracts and eliminating excess spending to realize significant savings

§ Developing systems to minimize loss, optimize equipment utilization, and maintain internal controls

Example #3

Chief Human Resource Officer

Delivering an executive presence, coupled with a data-driven decision process

and willingness to engage in tough conversations

Senior HR professional with an exceptional record of improving employee engagement and retention in the high-turnover field of healthcare through a combination of building strategic relationships, gathering data directly from front-line workers, and restructuring hiring, on-boarding, and compensation processes.

Representative Achievements:

» Transformed perception of HR into a true business partner in support of organizational leadership with an optimal blend of training, change management, coaching, and a full branding shift.

» Served in key leadership capacity during COVID-19 including massive furlough and establishing remote work structure for 5,000 employees.

» Reduced turnover by as much as 4% for front-line healthcare workers and 3.3% for corporate areas.

Are you in the wrong job that chips away at you every day? The CareerSpring coaching program will help you find a job that uses your zone of genius, recognizes your value, and pays you what you’re worth.

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