The professional landscape is changing fast. Here’s how you can make sure your resume will keep up.
The world of employment has changed, forever. Does your resume match this new world? Here is what you need to know to make sure it does.
Remember the standard resume template they showed you in high school? You know, the one with your name at the top, your career objective and the reverse chronological work experience, boldly listing the company for whom you worked, their address and the dates of employment.
That resume is the product of century old thinking. It was designed when employers were looking for steady, stable workers who would punch a clock, come to the company picnic and live behind a white picket fence. We interviewed, in person, and wrote resumes two times in our life.
This article by Vicki Salemi, outlines how the structure and value of benefits has changed over the years. In like, the hiring landscape has changed as well. Gone are the days of spending twenty years at a company and getting a great retirement and gold watch. With the change in the landscape there has been a huge shift in the perception of hiring managers.
And your resume needs to fit that perspective if you want to get hired!
In your job search you likely used technology, methods and communication that was new and cutting edge. Don’t follow it up with a relic of a resume. Here are four tips that will make your resume pop!
Design is king! Your resume isn’t sitting in a stack of plain white pages with paragraph after paragraph of information pouring off of them. It is sitting on professionally designed, eye catching works of art. Put yourself in the position of the hiring manager. Forbes says there are 118 applicants for every available job. That means 118 applications they have to look at and decide, within a moment, if they should continue reading. If your resume doesn’t look good, it won’t do the trick, so be sure to add a touch of flair or design to your resume, to make it worth a second look.
Your only have one objective and that is to go to work for that company! Do not generalize!! If your objective is to “Obtain meaningful employment” you are not what the company is looking for. Be the specialist they need. Your objective should state, not only that you want to do what the job requires, but also that you want to do it for the company that is hiring. Do your homework on this. Describe yourself the way the company describes the job, in the objective section of your resume. Lots of companies use word-matching software to find candidates, so look for words in the job description that stand out and use them here!
Almost no one benefits from chronology on your resume. Let me explain.
Chronology was a function of the employment landscape of the past. In a time when staying at one place for 25 years was valuable, it made sense to give detailed information about how long you stayed, when you started and when you left.
But today your skills and abilities are more valuable to a company than the amount of time you sat at your last desk.
Plus . . .
Chronology is one of those things that can easily rule you out, but rarely rules you in. Employers know that there can be issues with someone who has been at one place a long period of time and there are issues with someone who has little experience. Some employers want the loyalty and some want the experience.
But you don’t know which employer is reading your resume! Most employers want to know if your personality fits. If they see some great experience on your resume with no chronology they will probably want to know how long you had that experience. If it isn’t on your resume, they’ll have to call you in to ask you about it! That is the only job your resume has; to get you an interview. Leaving out chronology, or at least all the details of chronology, helps your resume do its job.
Make sure your personality shines through. Add a touch of yourself in the resume. You are looking for a job that fits you, so show a little of you off. Putting a little of your personality on the paper will automatically disqualify you from some jobs that could be a bad fit and will make you a shoe in to those that you really want. It is important to put your best foot forward, but always be genuine. There is only one proper personality to have on your resume. Yours!
Remember, resumes serve one purpose, and that is to get you an interview. The employer takes a quick look and decides yes or no on giving you an interview. Do these four things to help make it a yes!