We hear a lot about the importance of a company’s mission and vision statements. The mission statement defines a company’s business, goals, and approach; it is a good indication of how the company affects the lives of its customers, both internal and external. The vision statement focuses on where the company wants to be in the future; it is a good indication of industry trends.
Information on the mission and values of a company is usually found on the company’s website. Even with that transparency, a recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of managers feel that employees do not understand the company’s mission and vision; and over 60% felt that senior leaders did not conform to the stated values.
By knowing a company’s mission and vision, you are able to:
- Decide if that company is a good fit for you. If you have concerns about a company’s goals and its values, you should consider carefully before applying. If you get hired despite your objections to a company’s values and mission, you may find that your negative attitude limits your success.
- Focus your resume so that it will highlight examples in your career when you helped past companies achieve similar goals or demonstrated similar values; for example, showed customers the benefits of your former company’s products and services or helped develop a program in diversity.
- Strengthen your interview by demonstrating that you understand the direction the industry is moving toward, the overall values of the industry, and the specific mission of the company where you are applying.
When aligning your resume to a company’s mission, you first need to know your own values, strengths, and weaknesses. If you need help from a professional resume writer who is also a Master Career Director and certified Job and Career Transition Coach, please contact Robin’s Resumes® today.