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Your resume is essential in 2022, but your job search starts the moment you sense there's time for a change.
Many job seekers think that their resume is a magic wand, but it's not. And answers to how to position yourself are beyond your resume. Your other decisions and experiences will inform your resume. It matters more who is looking at your resume (assuming you have a quality document) than how many are looking at your resume. So, let's look way past it if we want to inform what should be included. I have a friend who succinctly said, "Your resume is not a magic wand." Years later, this still holds.
It's time to reevaluate why a successful job search needs a broader perspective:
You want to be findable by your next employer as much as finding an employer. It's quite a big compliment when you're discovered and come recommended. It means your value is being communicated in a way that's not just flattering. If you're not being found, you're flirting with doubt. And it's a horrible feeling to be enticed by uncertainty.
It would help if you had concrete ways to lead with your strengths other than a single document. Just as an architect needs additional views for others to see what he wants to be built, you need different views for people to know what you've made.
In a competitive job market, you want to stand out like a city on a hill. You can only do it if you've communicated your uniqueness. How you deliver unique value matters as much as what you offer.
Today's modern job search requires a look below the surface, like understanding the employer, industry, company, and team. Yes, it's that competition for the best jobs, higher compensation offers, and access to future career changes.
Time to stop binge tweaking your resume. It's time to strategize.