Are You Prepared for an Unexpected Job Offer?

Let’s face it – most job offers pop up without warning.  You get a call from another company, recruiter, or VP at your current company because “There is a new position and you would be PERFECT!” or “Bob is moving out-of-state and we want YOU onboard for the Director role.”

Are you prepared to interview and to show you are qualified for the new opportunity?

Most of us haven’t touched our resumes since we started our current job so here are a few tips for continually preparing for the next big thing!

1. Start a PROPS folder.  An email folder where management, a peer, or client recognizes you for excellent work.  This could be a reference down the line or something to print out and show the interviewer.

2. Create a BRAG book.  You don’t need fancy awards or titles to create a brag book.  Simply make tabs for each area you would like to show off!  That could be “sales growth”, “committees”, “leadership roles” and/or “testimonials” to combine into your own brag book.  Talk about separating yourself!  This is much more impressive than a resume alone.

3. Print and Bind.  So many times we complete big projects without documenting, organizing, or saving our work.  Print off details of a project and what you have contributed start to finish then bind.  What an easy way to showcase your work in a unique presentation to a prospective interviewer.

Resumes are lame.  Put a unique spin on showcasing what you bring to the table with these easy tricks.  You WILL get the job 🙂



Nadene is an adopted Chicagoan who graduated from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business. She is a sales woman who specializes in technology solutions for business. Nadene is also a mentor, speaker and sales coach. You can find some of her amazing tips and tricks on her blog - Fresh On the Job and every Wednesday on Ms. Career Girl!