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Whoever You Think You Are, You Are Always More

Helen Koster

This month it’s my pleasure to write about a young man who decided to update his resume a year and half out of college and already in the job market.

Bill has a degree in engineering and works as an assistant project manager whose job is to deliver on time and on budget multimillion dollar HVAC systems for industrial use.

During our first phone session, it became clear that his sense of himself and his accomplishments had been boxed in by a notion that if you don’t have direct reports you are not a manager.

In fact, he was quick to tell me he was an implementer.

But, he was responsible for bringing big projects in on time and on budget.

I asked “How do you do that if you don’t have direct reports?” “Do you do it all by yourself?”

Soon I discovered he typically interfaced with about 30 other company employees to get the jobs done and depended upon them to meet their goals so he could meet his goals.

But, he didn’t manage these people. So, how did he do it?

How does someone bring together a diverse group of people in four different departments, head them all in the same direction on a schedule and on budget?

you are always more

Whoever you think you are, you are always more…

After many questions and answers, I learned that he is someone who collaborates, negotiates, troubleshoots, manages expectations and listens very well. Thinking in those terms went way beyond thinking about himself as an implementer. This shift in perception is very important for any future interviews he might take. He could now speak confidently about what he does and how he does it.

What Bill recounted about his work energized his resume and energized him, too. His bullets were developed to provide a clear and full description of what he really accomplished. Here are a few of them:

  • Ensure smooth and cost-effective execution for multimillion dollar HVAC systems for local and international industrial applications.
  • With little oversight, work independently to manage all aspects of these jobs.
  • Collaborate, prioritize and troubleshoot with 30 company employees in engineering, purchasing, fabrication and field services.
  • Manage clients’ expectations.

There are many benefits when a professional helps you develop a resume. At the very least, you will discover whoever you think you are, you are always more than that.