Is The Resume Dead?

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Once you find the right job, one that suits your and your family’s needs, you have to figure out how to sell yourself to the decision maker or hiring manager.  In today’s job market that often requires a resume.  Dictionary.com defines a resume as

a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for job”.  

While it can be debated whether or not The Resume is Dead, since most companies still accept and review them to help screen candidates we will discuss the types of resumes and when each is most appropriate.

  • The most common type of resume
  • lists your  work experience in chronological order, with the most recent/current position listed first
  • best when you are applying for a job within a field that you have a solid work history
  • allows employers to see your job experience and when you worked at those jobs
  • in addition to your contact information, it most often includes an objective or brief career summary
  • it also includes your educational background, as well as any certifications or relevant skills
  • highlights your experience and skills, versus your chronological work history
  • best when you have had a gap in employment or you are changing careers
  • allows employers to focus on the specific skills and experience that are relevant to the job
  • is a combination of the chronological and functional resumes
  • lists your skills, achievements and qualifications first, then your work history in chronological order
  • helps employers see the skills and qualifications most relevant to the job, as well as the work experience that supports them
  • also useful to help explain gaps in work history and works well for career changers
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  • a great way to stand out in a sea of traditional resumes
  • sets you apart from the hundreds of other applicants that are most likely applying for the same job
  • examples include, but are not limited to:

1. LinkedIn profile

                    2. personalized website or blog – Forbes discusses “Why Every Job Seeker Should Have a Personal Website”
                    3. infographic“visualize your resume in one click”
                    4. video resume – 5 of the world’s most creative video resumes
However you decide to market yourself and highlight your relevant skills and professional background, make sure it is an accurate reflection of your work experience and grabs the recruiter’s attention.  Statistics show that recruiters spend 6 seconds, on average, reviewing a resume.  If you want to stand out, you need to engage the recruiter immediately, such that he/she will continue reading (or looking) and then pass your information on to the decision maker or hiring manager.  If you would like to explore your resume options further, feel free to reach out to me.  Wishing you the best in your job search!
Until next time-
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
 
 
God’s best-
 
Alexis
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