There are — you have discovered — few opportunities that will last. Most are fleeting things, demanding your decisions within mere moments, forcing you to choose. A life can be changed within a simple second; and you have learned to understand when such chances appear. The world of industry is filled with them, after all: the promotions and pay increases, the expansions and relocating. They are endless ways to redefine yourself and your career.
But such redefining is impossible if you aren’t prepared for it.
The one truth of business is that it requires your complete participation. You must forever be ready for an opportunity to arrive — and this demands more than a winning smile and an excess of charm (though those certainly help). It instead requires a resume.
You’re familiar with this page. You used it, of course, to obtain your first position. But that was years ago and you’ve changed since then: you’ve gained wisdom, skills and the ability to apply them. You have become a leader and manipulator of finance. What is presented on your resume, however, does not reflect this. It instead marks you as a novice.
This won’t do.
To succeed in business you must be able to prove what you are capable of. By continually updating your resume (replacing all of the standard talents with specialized ones), you can prepare yourself for any possible rewards. Create a singular sheet — never more, never less — that emphasizes all you can do and all you have achieved. Explain your education, your experience and all of the steps you have taken to improve both. Use concise descriptions to illuminate what you’ve accomplished. Provide reasons for why you are the best at what you do and why others should note this.
You know you deserve all of the promotions that are offered to you. You must simply first prove this. Have a resume that exemplifies all you have achieved.