Michelle Maïwenn Resume July 14, 2015 07:23:45
RESUME FORMATS. What are the differences between keyword, scannable, web, traditional, and text resumes? Traditional resumes are designed, as already noted, to compel the human reader, through persuasive language and design, to take further action and call you for an interview. Layout and page design are critical and should be planned strategically to draw the eye to areas of emphasis. The most effective traditional resumes are focused on achievements and written in powerful, active language that captures and holds the attention of the reader. Scannable resumes — also a printed, hardcopy format — are designed primarily for accurate scanning into a computer. Captured as an image, scannable resumes are fed through OCR (optical character recognition) software that reads and extracts the text. The extracted text is databased for storage and later recalled by keyword from an applicant tracking system. Scannable resumes are very rarely requested any more. If you are asked for a scannable resume, the most efficient option is to email the requestor your plain ASCII text resume (described next).
Poorly formatted resumes: Every now and then while working in my position as a Corporate Recruiter, I receive resumes the old-fashion way, through the U.S. Postal Service, or as most people call it these days, snail mail. Although this is not my preferred method to receive resumes, I don’t typically hold it against a candidate; unless of course the resume is so badly formatted that it is unreadable. Or, even worse, the resume is hand-written! Not too long ago, I received a handwritten resume for a management position. There is no way that I would ever forward a resume of this nature to a hiring manager. No matter how a resume is submitted, it should be professionally formatted, edited for misspelled words and grammatical errors, and definitely should be typed! Beware! The most misspelled word on resumes (and my biggest pet peeve) is manager; if the word is spelled as manger, spell check does not catch the error!
LinkedIn Resume. 1. Using your LinkedIn profile as a resume is quick and easy, because LinkedIn does all the work for you. 2. Fill in your LinkedIn profile as completely as possible and you’ll have an online resume that you can download as a PDF, print and share via email. 3. One of the biggest benefits of using LinkedIn is that the visibility is primarily targeted to the Business / Corporate Community. Social Resume. 1. Social resumes includes links to one’s social media pages. 2. Social resumes provide a more complex view of an applicant, and demonstrate the applicant’s fluency with social media. 3. You can link to your website from your Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter pages and your other social media accounts, so you’re sure that prospective employers can view it. 4. You can also list the URL on your paper resume. 5. Recommended to send this Resume Digitally. Video Resume. 1. A video resume is a short video created by job applicants to highlight their skills and experience. 2. This Resume format tests the Creative & Communicative side of the candidate. 3. Some video resumes include animated infographics and music as well. Because a video resume is usually quite brief (between one and five minutes), it is almost always supplemented by a traditional resume. Online Resume. 1. This is my favorite format. 2. An online portfolio is a great option for showcasing your talent & uniqueness. 3. You can go wild and free with your creativity, format and presentation. The combinations are endless. 4. You can link everything together (social media channels) and give multiple options (Mini, Chronological, Detailed etc print out options) 5. You have a customized URL with your name. 6. You have a customized email with your name and domain. 7. Highly recommended if you are serious about your brand.
I am often asked for resume samples and that is another way I am able to distinguish my resume writing service from others as every resume written is custom made, instead of templates being used. What I can do is to describe my approach to resume writing and provide an overview of the process and format of the new resume. I have also taken another step and had my business certified by the Better Business Bureau as it confirms when the business was founded and provides an overall rating. This does not provide a guarantee of the quality of services provided; however, it does offer some measure of assurance when someone is interested in contracting with me to write their resume. If you are interested in developing your career, regardless of the type of industry you are presently in or the job you hold now, you need a resume that represents you in the best possible manner. Once you submit a resume you do not get a second chance to resubmit it and what the potential employer views determines their initial impression of you, your career, and your background. Whether you fill out an online form and upload a resume, or send a resume direct, it must connect you to the potential job by demonstrating you have acquired the necessary skills, training, education, or other similar qualifications. Your resume can either help your prospect of being considered, or cause you to be disqualified. That is the power a resume holds for you and your career.
Unrelated personal interests and hobbies: Several years ago, when writing my first resume, I remember being directed to add my hobbies and interests at the bottom of the resume. These hobbies and interests were supposed to show that I was a well-rounded, interesting person. However, this is no longer the norm. In fact, just as adding an ”Objective” to your resume is outdated, so is adding your personal interests. Recruiters just want the facts of your experience relating to the position. Again, you are wasting a Recruiters valuable time by adding these little tidbits of personal information. In fact, by adding this additional information incorrectly, you take the risk of your resume ending up in a circular file (the one next to the recruiter’s desk that contains the remnants of their lunch!). I have had the unfortunate opportunity to review resumes of candidates who listed their personal interests as ”Jazz Hand Aficionado”, ”Exotic Pole Dancer”, and ”Cat Whisperer”. Really?? What does that have to do with a Sales Manager position? As you can imagine, these prospective candidates were not selected for interview.
1. Choose a resume template: A resume template is a good way to get started. There are resume templates available for free over the Internet in vast quantity. Find out several resume templates created by professionals that relate to your profession, title and type of your work. A resume template makes resume writing task much easier if utilized in right way. Use these resume templates as idea generators. Get an idea of how you should write your resume. What sections you should write in which order and how to write them. For example you can get an idea of how your resume objective should be by studying several objective statements in resume templates. Keep in mind that you are just using these templates as idea generators to craft out your unique resume because you are a unique. While choosing resume templates look for the resumes that strongly relevant to your academic background, area of expertise, your skills, qualifications, your professional experiences and kind of your work. There are some fundamental formats of resumes- Chronological, Combination and functional and Targeted (most preferred format today) Each format is used in particular condition. Research about these formats. Learn which format is used when and which format best suites you. Create your basic resume which you can edit whenever you need. Whenever you write a resume targeting specific job.