Does your resume overwhelm your networking connections with TMI?

Often when a person embarks on a new job search, one of the first activities they do is update their resume and start passing it out to anyone and everyone they’ve ever met. While that might sound like a fine way to get things moving quickly, it tends to send the wrong message and ends up being a complicated, confusing and burdensome set of data for other people to process in their attempt to offer assistance.


Much of the content typically included on a traditional resume used to apply for jobs, could potentially distract a professional or personal networking contact from truly understanding the core job search elements that a job seeker needs to share.  It’s simply too much information (TMI)!


Most likely, the other person will not be in a position to have the proper context of the job seeker’s professional history, capabilities and differentiating factors, in relation to the current employment market or their desired career goals. Using a “networking resume” is one way to eliminate that issue.


A networking resume’s purpose is to provide a high-level overview of the key competencies and value added contributions a person delivers within their occupation. It may also cover education level, professional credentials obtained and prior employers, without the specific details of dates or titles… just enough to give readers an idea of what they’ve achieved.


Another feature of a networking resume is a section to highlight examples of target companies and / or the type of industry focus a person may have for their future role. Keeping the entire “story” to one page is an excellent way to help others be able to support a job seeker in identifying possible prospects and leads.


Here is an example / sample of a networking resume for reference..


If for some reason the above link does not translate accurately, it can also be located on the document section of my LinkedIn profile


Please let me know if you or someone you know might find this  beneficial next time they begin a job search.


Article by Kelly Blokdijk ~ As a Talent Optimization Coach & Consultant with TalentTalks, Kelly thrives on “Creating a Voice for Talent” by partnering with business professionals and job seekers to build competitive career marketing strategies, customized communication materials and compelling personal branding campaigns to create a lasting positive impression. TalentTalks consults with the business community on innovative, leading-edge human resource and organization development initiatives to enhance talent management, talent acquisition, corporate communications and employee engagement programs. TalentTalks routinely posts employment market and job search related content on Facebook and Twitter – fans and followers welcome!


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