In a job market where every word on your resume counts, we are prone to generalizations. The point of your resume, of course, is to concisely convey relevant information about your work history and potential.
To do this, you need to use real examples of achievement. You need to quantify… everything…
In a recent piece by Jessica Ann Media, “How to Avoid Kitsch in Your Content,” the word “kitsch” was defined as “content that lacks context.” She continued by saying how without discipline and focus “content can become clutter” – an untidy mess.
In your career, creating a resume is akin to content creation. You must undergo a process of sorting through vast amounts of content from the Web of your career, and then present it in a meaningful, organized and impactful way…
A resume is supposed to be a purely factual document, right? Dull, straight to the point.
Absolutely not! But it seems true judging by the number of job seekers who send out dead dull resumes and wonder why they’re getting nowhere!
Each time you send out your resume you’re competing with an average of 70 applicants. So to stand out from the crowd, it’s absolutely vital that you inject some personality into your resume.
Here are five easy ways to do this:
Words can be powerful. They can work to your benefit… and they can cause problems. This is especially true regarding your resume.
Recruiters read a lot of these documents, so when they encounter a poorly-written resume, it sticks out like a sore thumb. They become sensitive to useless, meaningless, and clichéd words and phrases. They learn to hate them. So don’t use these four words that do nothing but give an advantage to your job search competition…
In the LinkedIn Group I run, I asked members to share any LinkedIn success stories they had, and many job seekers made comments that were fairly negative. I was surprised and not surprised at the same time, particularly when I looked at the Profiles of the members who were very negative.
Us career gurus often tell you to veer away from those “overly common” skills thateveryone puts on their resume: creativity, good communication skills, team player, independent thinker, goal-oriented, and the list goes on. Because here’s the thing guys – nobody ever gets hired because their resume states that they’re “creative”. The ironic thing about that is that creativity is still one of the most valuable assets a candidate can bring to the table, says Fortune 1000 executives in a recent MetLife study, right along with the ability to work in teams. And plenty of us are good at that, we list it on our resume, our LinkedIn profiles, we talk about it in the interview. But what’s missing?