On the forty-eighth entry of Tristan’s Tips, our amazing host Tristan Layfield guides us through reflecting on the value we provide at work. Listen to the full show to hear the three questions he recommends asking to help us in figuring out where we’ve created value in the workplace!
Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate?! It’s Tristan from Layfield Resume Consulting, and I’m back again in collaboration with Living Corporate to bring you another career tip. This week I want to guide you through reflecting on the value you provide at work.
When you’re simply conveying your day-to-day tasks on your resume, you are giving a boring rundown of your history, which doesn’t capture the eye of any recruiter or hiring manager. What you want to focus on is selling the value you’ve brought to your organization because this gives the potential employer a good idea of what value you could bring to them!
Now I understand that if it was that easy, everyone would already be doing it. So here are 3 questions to help guide you in figuring out where you’ve created value in the workplace.
Number 1: What do people always ask for my help with? – Sometimes it’s hard for us to recognize the value we provide, but typically others see it right away. So start reflecting on the things that your team, other coworkers, or even your boss might come and ask for your assistance on. If you are able to find an underlying theme, then that could be one area where you are a high contributor to your organization, and you’ll want to figure out how to convey that.
Number 2: Where have I done work that contributed to important metrics or KPIs? – Have you increased sales or engagement? Have you decreased the time to contract completion? Have you driven $500,000 projects to completion on-time and under budget? Have you maintained a high customer retention rate? By knowing, understanding, and incorporating these type of numbers it shows hiring managers that you not only can provide value but that you understand the business you’re a part of.
Number 3: Where have I driven change? – Most corporations are always updating policies, implementing new tools, or figuring out ways to be more efficient. So reflect on how you may have been able to implement updated policies, piloted new tools, or streamlined particular processes. These are all big value drivers.
Remember, we don’t want to bore the hiring team to death. We want to give them an interesting snippet into how we can contribute to their organization. While I love my girl Google, she can’t tell you what you’ve done in your career. You have to take the time to reflect on it so you can leverage it to your advantage throughout your job search process.
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