Jim Hopkinson is an author, writer, and speaker living in New York City. His focus is on career development for the new economy, showing how new media, technology and branding are changing how people look at their career and lifestyle. Read more...
Building a strong resume and accumulating valuable skills can only help you when it comes time for your performance review. Employers generally base raises on two levels: meeting expectations or for top performers. By emphasizing the additional skills you have garnered above and beyond your peers, you can push for the higher level.
And as we discussed, when it comes time to look for a new job, you can outrank the competition -- and argue for the higher end of the salary range -- when you can show specific skills that make you a valuable hire.
So get out there and start improving that resume line by line. Just be careful of the alligators.