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April 11, 2014

Is Your Résumé Dusty?

You already know your resume is important. Updating your resume with current, useful information is essential, whether you are seeking a job or creating a personal brand. However, the rules for writing resume change frequently. This can be stressful and confusing when you sit down to write one, and it is easy to get overwhelmed. We’ve created a list of 6 old and new resume trends to show you the difference and help you write your new resume today.


OLD: Using a personal email address:  specialskittles75@hotmail.com.....Totally not appropriate for a professional document…Yet I see it every day.  Use your first name, last name, or a combination of these. Upgrade your email provider if you use AOL or Hotmail. These email providers were popular years ago, but are no longer viewed as current.  Gmail is current and will not give any hints to your age unless you add your birth year as the example shows above (not recommended).

NEW: Add your social media links to your contact information. If your resume gets to the hiring manager, it is very likely that they will look you up anyway. This article from Grantham University highlights this new reality, and how you can actually use it to your advantage http://blog.grantham.edu/blog/bid/132065/Should-You-Include-Social-Media-Links-on-Your-Resume . Make sure that you put your best foot forward to show that you have nothing to hide.  If you have a well completed LinkedIn profile or a professional Facebook page add the shortened version of your URL to the contact information.


OLD: Objective statements are out. The days of telling an employer what you want from them is gone. Employers are only interested in what you, out of ALLLL the other candidates, can bring to the table.

NEW : Use a well-crafted Professional Summary.  This is helpful because you will highlight how having you on their team makes the employer look good.  Use this area to display the value and benefit you bring to their mission.


OLD: Providing an indiscriminate list of your previous jobs is distracting. The summer job when you scooped ice cream in college is not helpful information if you seek a position in accounting.  If you are targeting a certain position/field and some of your jobs are fairly irrelevant this will not paint a clear picture of a cohesive career story for the employer.  In general you want to keep your work history down to the past 10 years unless you need a specific job history to show your skills. 

NEW : Create a cohesive career story. It takes some crafting but you tie your work history together.  Research the position you want and the company. What key terms, attributes, and skills are required or seem to show up repeatedly?  If you have the skills valued by a company you want to work for, identify how you used these skills in your previous jobs. Be sure to emphasize those particular skills and eliminate any unnecessary information in describing the job.  

OLD: Listing your duties and daily tasks in your job description.  You do need just a tiny bit sometimes to describe the type of work you did….however, that is not what will impress the employer.  They are looking for the facts.  What have you done not what do you do.

NEW: The employer is absolutely interested in examples of your work and a showcase of your ability more than any listing of duties.  Show them the facts: your accomplishments. Use numbers. It can be hard to think of what you have done as an accomplishment, but hang in there. You can do it.  You are not going to stand out among your competitors if you don’t use well-written accomplishments. This recent article in US World News Report highlights the importance of measurable achievements on your resume: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/01/02/resume-writing-tips-for-the-new-year

OLD: References Upon Request is outdated. Your references are EXPECTED…always have them ready and do not include this phrase on your resume

NEW : Have at least 3-5 professional references on a separate but cohesive document to go along with your resume.  If you really want to get fancy (note: this is fairly impressive when done correctly) include short quotes from the reference with their contact information.

OLD: Addressing your cover letter using “To Whom it May Concern.”  This has fallen out of use and relying on it can give the impression that you are a bit lazy.  There are so many ways to find out who the HR manager of the organization is that not doing the research shows an obvious lack of effort and interest to the employer. 

NEW:  Address your cover letter to the right person.  Use your networking skills, Google them, Facebook Graph search them, look them up on LinkedIn….Do your research!

          Blow the dust off of your old resume. Revitalize your personal brand and professional image with the new. Do it today! For professional help in making your resume stand out, visit our website: www.kellumcareerconsulting.com

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