Resumes are Dead. Long live the Resume!

You may have heard resumes are dead, and/or you need a creative, cutting-edge format to display your achievements and employability. 

Well guess what? 

In most large corporations, that's just. not. true.

What you need is a plain old, boring resume. The secret is not in the colors and graphs, or any special formatting for that matter. The secret is using key phrases, highlighting job-specific qualifiers, and eliminating waste. We'll take these on one by one in subsequent posts. 

Chances are you aren't using the correct phrases necessary to catch the eye of robot scrubbers (in large organizations) or lazy hiring managers leafing through piles of resumes. Your entire resume should be able to be summed up in a few critical phrases, and if it can't, you're sunk. 

Even if you are using key phrases throughout your resume, the next important step is making obvious connections between your past experience and the job you're applying for. Your resume should continually answer the question, "What does this mean to me?" After all, your resume is not about you, it's about what you can do for the hiring manager.  

Finally, I can nearly guarantee you (I've never seen a resume where this didn't hold true) you have waste in your resume. And it is or has very likely cost you. 

Waste comes in a few forms:

  • Jargon (you're too close to your work)
  • Tasks without context (failure to link an achievement to a marketable and transferable competency - more on this as we discuss job-specific qualifiers)
  • Filler (because we always think we need to add a little bit more)

If you're dusting off your resume, take another look and see if you address each of these crucial topics.