Have you heard? “Resumes are dead” (Richie Norton).
Recruiters are examining your LinkedIn Profile. Hiring managers are checking your Facebook page. Employers are scrutinizing your Instagram. It is time to add your resume to these profiles! How to design a resume for the times of social media?
Let us go through resume types 101. Did you know there are many types of resumes? I have simplified them into three categories.
Needed to follow the job application guidelines. The most commonly used types and are meant to be ATS (Applicant Tracking System) friendly; the software system commonly used to narrow down applicants:
If you want to focus on a specific job market, these types of resumes are required:
Targeted – A specific position
CV (curriculum vitae)/academic– For academia such as grad school or academic positions
Federal – Commonly used in the U.S.
Writing innovative resumes is an art, so you should be willing to spend time to craft them well. For those with creative career paths, these non-traditional resumes allow you to show your artistic style. For others, innovative resumes will help you stand out. While I do not recommend their use for traditional job application methods since they are non-ATS compliant, I do endorse creativity when networking and for social media profiles. In this virtual age, innovative resumes are powerful job seeking tools if crafted well. Think of yourself as a brand. Use innovative resumes to market your brand and to tantalize readers into wanting to learn more:
Infographic – yes, you can use graphic design elements
Portfolio – allows you to show samples of your work
Mini – think of it as your elevator pitch
Video – show off your personality
Resume with Profile – feature skills and experiences at the top of your traditional resume
Personal website – show off your creative work or accomplishments
Resumes are not dead; they are an art form that is transforming and adapting to the social media arena!
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For the past few years, I have been a career and educational coach. Before that, I wore many hats experimenting with every opportunity that presented itself and throughout it all, my passion and commitment was to help others succeed and make a difference in the world.
I have been working from home since 2013! In the past few years, I developed a private career coaching practice Right Career Fit, earned a Master of Education, a Doctor of Education as well as a career coaching certificate. The success of my private practice is a testament to my talent development and resource planning skills. I am a lifelong learner with a natural intellectual curiosity and I love challenges.
Presenting and attending conferences across North America (in person and virtually) reflect my belief in the value of advocating for my two passions. I am also constantly looking for opportunities to influence public policy and increase support for the teaching and learning communities with a focus on inclusive career practices in Canada and globally. This is why I am a Chair/Board Director on various Boards.
The past year has been a mix of significant losses and unforeseen challenges as well as amazing opportunities and unanticipated gains for many of us. I hope everyone is doing well...Despite all of this, each of us survived in our own way. Yet we continue to feel overwhelmed and concerned about the forces that the new year could bring. I encourage you to get involved in your communities, personal or professional. There is nothing like having the support of people who care about you during the ups and downs of this era.
To close, I strive to be a spokesperson for the importance of career education and continue to work with a variety of media to create awareness of its value. I am on a mission to have #careerliteracy trend across social media. If you care to join me, let’s chat!
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