Building a Resume For a Career in Wellness
If corporate wellness is to be a term of substance, and if companies intend to hire the best professionals concerning this matter, then qualified candidates need to stand apart from the competition – they need a record of accomplishment that resonates with executives and the very employees they seek to help. They must be able to distinguish themselves, clearly and convincingly, with the one thing most people too often forgot to update or too frequently forget to even create: A resume. Not some conventional document, paper or electronic, that reads like a generic template; not some inventory of skills that looks like a set of ingredients; not some file that fails to capture the attention of a would-be employer; not some impersonal accounting of credentials and experience, but a brand of communication that is as compelling as it is credible.
This emphasis on writing the right resume, and doing so with ease and effectiveness, is critical for several reasons. It is important, first and foremost, because companies need more wellness experts: They need more in-house authorities involving exercise and nutrition, in addition to psychological health and physical preparedness – and the only way to find these individuals, absent referrals or knowledge of candidates ready to take this or that job, starts with reviewing a series of resumes.
The problem is that the wellness professional with these skills may not be – indeed, he most probably is not – the person with a resume that will land him the position he deserves. Fixing this challenge is, however, simple because of free tools such as the Resume Builder from Velvet Jobs. (I mention this service because, to reiterate a previous point, we must narrow the divide between companies and candidates regarding hiring wellness experts. The alternative, which is neither acceptable nor affordable, involves maintaining the status quo; a system that loses billions of dollars each year because of sick days, lack of productivity, and higher medical and health insurance costs for workers.)
Consider this situation in the following context: A business has an opening for a wellness professional, but – and this is where things become difficult – that same enterprise either has a dearth of resumes, because no one with the right skills has the right means of expressing those skills, or it has a surplus of seemingly identical resumes, because no one with the right skills knows how to express those skills in the right way. The end-result is more of the same, where employers conduct a futile search due to a fruitless environment in which failure is the only thing that thrives.
Recognizing the seriousness of this issue will enable companies to better convey – to health and wellness experts – the necessity of having a resume that speaks for itself. This transformation will empower these organizations to identify these professionals without delay or confusion. In turn, workers will reap the rewards of this focus on self-improvement and better living.
These advantages begin with having a great resume.
About the Author
Lewis Fein is a writer and commentator, who covers a variety of issues involving health, wellness, technology and leadership