As your manager, my most important, long-term project is you. In fact, my job is to help you write your résumé.
It might sound like the last thing on any manager’s mind is the document that employees use to get their next job. While it’s true that I’m not going to help you fiddle with formatting, I do want you to have a clear understanding of your role in the organization. That message is exactly what will go into your résumé!
Our consultants find plenty of problems with job descriptions. But if these documents are well-written and accurate, the highlights in your job description eventually become the bullet points used to later summarize that job. If a résumé highlights your past achievements, shouldn’t your current manager be able to state your forthcoming accomplishments?
Let me put it in terms of a statement of philosophy:
Productive management is collaboratively designing workflow so that individuals are empowered to be efficient, effective, successful and satisfied.
I don’t want you to leave the company! I want you to stay because you know you are adding value. If you decide to leave for any reason, it should be easy to update your résumé. You should merely list the workflow and achievements we previously worked on together to create.