When preparing for the future, I've learned the best time to prepare for what’s next should never be an afterthought in a moment of desperation or when an intriguing position initially catches your attention. Rather, the perfect time to showcase experience exists when you’re not looking for new work.
I have found through personal experience and the success of others that there are three parts to the modern résumé suite which should be considered:
1. Individual overview. Of relevance still is the ability to come up with a short snapshot of yourself for submission among many other candidates. There are great resume builder resources that in a short-time can help create one-pagers like this:
2. Professional social networking. These platforms are not simply for job searching. They are a way to maintain your professional image, build relationships, and access diverse knowledge/insights. When a profile is not polished, complete, or relevant then you may miss opportunities not known to exist. Simply do a search for profile advice and start interacting/engaging regularly.
3. Personal website creativity. About two years ago, I bought the domain matthewmegyese.com. I have since come to believe a personal website is an opportunity to showcase your creativity, opinions, and overall talent in a way that's genuinely different. In the short time since creating my website, I have:
Developed technical skills.
Regularly iterated based on user experience feedback.
Consistently expressed my opinions on various projects.
Demonstrated audience engagement on different social platforms.
Learned about web stats and trends.
Been inspired to continuously learn.
Enjoyed the experience!
You don’t have to code it from scratch … there are a variety of website builders to help you start this journey.
Start building your modern day résumé suite today. It can provide a foundation for your story and may better prepare you should that interview come tomorrow.