All of us will face job transition throughout our careers, whether through new opportunities, buyouts, layoffs or the impact of globalization. In addition, most of us spend countless hours thinking and acting upon metadata in our jobs. But, how many of us think about our personal metadata? The metadata of you is critical to manage like any other metadata, and fortunately we already have a collection of repository meta-models to choose from: resume, curriculum vitae (CV), portfolio and extended online models. Like all other metadata efforts, personal metadata has an enormous ROI opportunity, when done correctly.

When was the last time you updated your resume? Last year? Five years ago? Basically, if you don't update your resume every six months, you may be losing the value of your personal metadata. What happens when your metadata goes out of data in the data world; your value-add goes to zero. The resume is a snapshot in time which is constrained by a page limit imposed by tradition. For those that publish a lot, this may seem like a hindrance. There are a million formats out there and most include: identification on every page, objectives, qualifications, education, employment history, and certifications. Personally, I try to keep this information on the first page which allows me to highlight specific accomplishments and organizational impact on the second page. These accomplishments will underscore both my skills and competencies. Skills focus on the knowledge of "what" I can do including specific tools, techniques or business processes. Competencies focus on "how" I perform the different roles and responsibilities assigned. The skills and competencies focus on the information or knowledge work we have performed over the past decade. This format works well because it provides a single page reference of who I am as well as the differentiation elements of success on page two.

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