Your Next Chapter-Have you considered “pre-writing” your resume?

Now is the time of year when we start to review the career goals that we set for ourselves this year, where we are at meeting them or exceeding them and what is still possible to achieve in the next four months.

Perhaps after looking at what is still possible this year, our focus, time, and energy shifts to the most achievable (in the next four months) and the rest get moved into next year.

To add some substance to that process, I am going to suggest something called “prewriting your resume.” This is a concept that I learned from Communication Coach and best-selling author, Dorie Clark.

What if you go through the exercise of writing a resume that includes the job that you want to have 5 years from now and all that entails? From that place, you can then reverse engineer and map out all that you would have to do to get to that place. You can then use that roadmap to guide you for the next five years in your annual goal setting.

To get you started, consider the following as you map what it would take to achieve to be in that role 5 years from now:

  • are there any additional skills that you need to develop?
  • is there another role that you need to move into and gain experience that will lead to that role you aspire to in the future, 5 years out?
  • how do you establish yourself as being credible enough to take on that role?
  • how do you build your network with that future role in mind?

These are just a few questions to get yourself started mapping out what that future role could look like and how to achieve it.