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Have any of you done an employee profile? Is it common? Should I be open with my answers? I like the company I'm at and would like to advance. I would love to advance within the company by moving to a different area, or perhaps even to another country. Even though that is on the form, I'm not sure how open I should be.

The employee profile is basically a shortened version of my resume plus a few extra questions. They sent us a template that covers our previous jobs, strengths/capabilities to leverage, opportunities for improvement, short and long term career aspirations, exposures and experience you desire (jobs you would like to have, relocation, advancement within current role, etc.), and your development focus.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

 

Mark's picture

...that we are ALL public figures, and have to live our professional lives with that in mind.

Of COURSE fill it out.  Don't be overly candid.  Make sure your answers are honest, but smart honest.  That is, they are truthful, but rather than setting a goal of impressing, set a goal of avoiding in ANY way offending ANYONE.

Mark

mediolimeno's picture

Great! Thanks Mark.

I have a feeling that ours are going to be very public. Thats why I think Mark's answer is spot on.

Anyone else have any experience with employee profiles?

I still have 1 month to fill it out...I hope next week's podcast isn't M&M's standard 15 week approach to filling out employee profiles. :)

Cheers!

afmoffa's picture

Mark is right in encouraging caution. Work profiles should have professional accomplishments and a professional tone.

That said, I wish more companies made basic employee information available. My previous manager was promoted into the role and had no idea what the backgrounds were of any of his directs. He met with us, worked with us, but the first time he ever saw my resume was when I gave it to him so he could serve as a reference for me, as I was leaving the firm. He seemed genuinely impressed and surprised by what I had done in my career. I have talents he had never tapped.

It's partly my fault for working for him for two years without giving him my resume. Partly his fault for not asking. But it's also partly Human Resources' fault for not making this kind of information available to all employees via a company profile catalog on the corporate intranet. There's nothing in my resume that's private or sensitive, other than perhaps my home address.