With the business world being as competitive as it is, if you’re not already at the top of your profession you’re thinking about how you can get there.

A strategy that’s worked well for me is double tracking my resume. I do freelance work at the same time I have a job. This serves two purposes.

First, it broadens my resume to include both the freelance work and the full-time job as areas in which I have experience, and opens both up to me as potential career path.

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Second, the double track of experience on my resume opens up jobs that would be beyond me in experience. Let me give an example. Say I’m applying for a VP job that requires 10 years of business experience. I might have 5 years of experience in a business management position, and 5 years of experience as a business blogger, with both having occurred over the same 5-year period. While this might rank me lower on the list than someone with 10 years of pure business management experience, it still stands a chance of getting me in the door.

As anyone who works in investment knows, the riskiest propositions can have the best returns, or you can lose all of your money. This is my choice. While it might not work as well as some strategies, so far it has served me well.

Originally posted on October 6, 2010 @ 8:26 am


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