What Are You Actually Being Paid to Do?
By: Jessica Holbrook Hernandez
If you work for a large corporation, chances are good that your responsibilities pretty closely match the job description you were given when you started. However, many who work for smaller companies find themselves wearing multiple hats in order to keep the business operating. While these additional responsibilities can seem like a burden during busy times, they also offer you a wonderful opportunity to build your resume-and maybe even take your career in a different direction.
We have worked with multiple clients whose careers went just this way. Through the course of doing those "additional duties as assigned" in their current roles, they realized that they really enjoyed doing work that differed from their main job responsibilities. Is it truly possible to write your resume in way that uses these achievements to change the direction of your career? The answer is yes!
Let's say you're the program manager for the regional office of a nonprofit program. In that role, you are no doubt hiring and training staff, as few small nonprofits have a separate HR department. If you realize that you would enjoy being a corporate trainer for your next employer, then your resume should focus on all the training and HR activities you've done for your current company-even if these weren't the primary focus of your position. In order to be a corporate trainer, the hiring company probably doesn't need to know that you can manage a budget, even if that was a bigger portion of your responsibilities. They just want evidence that you can do the job they have available.
If you're feeling stagnant in your present career but don't really know what you'd like to do next, taking on additional projects at work can help you figure this out. I know a woman who was hired as a data analyst for some government programs. When she got bored running stats in Excel all day, she started playing around with creating eye-catching reports with her data. She then expanded her creative efforts into building an agency Web site and publishing quarterly newsletters. This woman now works in corporate communications-all because she took on fun additional projects to keep herself energized.
The bottom line is, the job you're doing today doesn't have to be the job you'll be doing next year. If you've ended up doing more than you expected in your current role, that can be a good thing when it comes to your resume! For additional career, job search, and resume related advice check out our blog