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Employee Retention and Résumés

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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!

employee productivity and resumes

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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.

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Robby Slaughter
Robby Slaughter is a workflow and productivity expert. He is a nationally known speaker on topics related to personal productivity, corporate efficiency and employee engagement. Robby is the founder of AccelaWork, a company which provides speakers and consultants to a wide variety of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, regional non-profits, small businesses and individual entrepreneurs. Robby has written numerous articles for national magazines and has over one hundred published pieces. He is also the author of several books, including Failure: The Secret to Success. He has also been interviewed by international news outlets including the Wall Street Journal. Robby’s newest book is The Battle For Your Email Inbox.
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