5. Source and shape your success stories
Unless you are just starting out or have a superhuman memory, you'll need to do some heavy lifting to track down your past accomplishments -- end results, problems solved, projects completed on time and on budget, and so forth -- but it's worth it to do so, Gillis says. To begin, look at old resumes, business planners, performance reviews and journals. Then reach out to family, friends, managers, co-workers and customers, preferably by phone to avoid generic responses, he says. You can also use LinkedIn and social media, says Srinivasan.
"Again, LinkedIn is a great tool to use for getting recommendations. Make sure you're accumulating about one to three for each role you've had -- any more than that becomes overwhelming, and turns off potential readers," says Srinivasan.
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