True or false? There is an abundance of resume advice available online.
True or false? There are many ways to receive feedback on your resume at no cost.
True or false? There are still too many job seekers who have terrible resumes.
True, true and, yes, true. How did you do?
There’s been some debate in recent years about the relevance of resumes and whether job seekers still need to have one. From my experience, it seems that resumes — in paper or electronic formats — are here to stay and have yet to be fully replaced. Here are some things that you can do to up your resume’s cool factor and catch the eyes of hiring managers.
MAKE YOUR RESUME MORE THAN ONE-DIMENSIONAL
Within good advertising, there’s a call to action. Call today. Register now. Get a quote. Buy this. Your resume is your marketing tool and needs a call to action. If you can increase the interactivity of your “flat” resume and encourage a recruiter to act, you will stand out from other job applicants.
LINK TO VALUE-ADD CONTENT
Have you published any articles? Do write for a blog? Is your LinkedIn profile filled with great recommendations? Do you have a online portfolio? Have you designed a brilliant website? With so much content living online, you would be remiss not to link to it from your resume. It adds value without lengthening your resume and starts to create a more complete picture of who you are as a potential employee, and what you would bring to a position and company.
SHOW OFF YOUR #SoMe PRESENCE
Recently, I reviewed the resume of a Millennial whom I had met; on her resume, she listed “social media” as a skill, but neglected to include links to her social media presence. If you use social media as a platform to extend your professional or personal brand, include it on your resume. If a potential employer is looking for a social media director, a PR manager, a social recruiter, a digital marketing specialist … chances are your Twitter handle could add value to your candidacy.
STICK A QR CODE ON IT
A friend of mine who’s a manager of a creative design team received a resume with a QR code on it, so of course, he scanned it. The QR code linked to the applicant’s resume. Hmm … a resume that links to a resume? Not ideal. However, I like the idea of QR codes that point to career-enhancing videos, online portfolios, published works, LinkedIn profiles and any other media that showcases your talent or builds credibility.
REMEMBER RESUME BASICS
Now that you have upped your cool factor, don’t let avoidable mistakes set you back. Proofread your resume (it’s manager not manger) and focus on accomplishments, not just menial tasks. Also, you must ensure that you are clearly communicating why you are the best person for a specific job with a specific company. A QR code will not help you if you forget all that you learned during Resume 101 class.
How does your resume stand out?
In what other ways can you make your resume stand out? What are your thoughts about these resume tips? Don’t be shy, share your thoughts below.
Article by Shannon Smedstad
Shannon Smedstad spends her days leading HR social media and employment branding at GEICO and has more than 14 years of recruiting experience. In 2013, she was named a Talent Warrior by Glassdoor.com for social recruiting leadership and innovation. Outside of the daily grind, Shannon is a work@home mom raising two awesome girls who also enjoys reading, traveling and her morning coffee. You can connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. (Opinions are her own and not those of her company.)
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