Resume Tips Part III of III

Story-Like Resume

In our previous segment we talked about redecorating resumes like rooms. I had an experience recently that reiterated this thought and I wanted to share it. I read a resume that read more like a laundry list than a marketing piece. The candidate had done many things over the years, but it was all so disjointed and I wasn’t going to take the time to connect the dots or “find the red thread”, as we say in Sweden. No ADHD-afflicted recruiter will either. It’s a little bit the tail wagging the dog when a resume is left to write itself. It will follow the chronology of the course of the career, but it won’t effectively capture the transferable skills and direct the writing toward the ultimate career goal. Become a succinct story-teller who wraps it up in just a few pages, starting with the end at the top. Everything you have done in your jobs up to now needs to be identified, weighed and shaken out to determine what stays and what goes. If it stays, weave it into the storyline so it all makes sense and has a big red arrow pointing to the continuation of your story, which starts at the top.

How do I adapt my Resume to LinkedIn?

Write the resume first. Once that’s completed, use that as your template for your LinkedIn update. LinkedIn is a bit more fun than the resume because you can be slightly more personable, add more details if you like, and even feel freer to add personal information in terms of hobbies and interests. At the very least, make sure your employers, titles and dates match on both documents. Inconsistencies will raise a red flag for the reader. Take some literary license with the Summary and even the Header. Your Header follows your name every time it appears, so rather than having that default to your current title, write a Header that describes your brand and how you want employers to envision you. You can if you want use first-person “I” in your Summary, simply to make it read less formal than your resume. LinkedIn is in many ways surpassing the traditional resume in terms of where employers go to read about you, so make sure it’s good.

A New Year – A New Resume

Whether or not you typically make New Year’s Resolutions, why not resolve to revisit your job search documents this year and get them ready for 2019. Have you updated your resume with your current job, is your LinkedIn a good and accurate reflection of your resume and experience overall, and do you have an effective cover letter template at the ready should you need one? Sometimes job searches are planned but oftentimes they come to us when we least expect it. By maintaining an updated document portfolio, you reduce the stress surrounding a search, whether voluntary or not.