Karla Enola Resume February 04, 2015 03:59:46
Text resumes (also referred to as ASCII resumes) are just what the name implies, an ASCII-formatted version of either your traditional or scannable resume. Text resumes are universally readable on all computer systems and platforms and are the preferred format when you are emailing your resume. An ASCII resume received in email can be entered directly into an applicant tracking system without the added step of needing to scan it. Entry into the system is fast, easy, and accurate and so many employers and recruiters prefer this format. The phrase ”keyword resume,” as it was first used, referred most often to either a scannable or text resume that incorporated a focus on nouns and phrases that employers were likely to use when searching for an applicant. Sometimes the keyword resume had a section at the beginning or end that listed the keywords separated by commas or periods. Today, there is no need to maintain both a keyword and a non-keyword resume. Keywords have become such an essential element in resumes that you should ensure that every version of your resume, whether meant for the human or the computer reader, incorporates the keywords most important in your field or industry.
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 In fact, just as adding an ”Objective” to your resume is outdated, so is adding your personal interests.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.
Are you a job seeker facing this highly competitive, more demanding world? Have you experienced how the new systems, technologies, and the economy have made the hiring process much more complicated, impersonal and time consuming? Much to the job seeker’s frustration, it has become a distinct two stage competition – first: the resume competition and second: the interview process. Perhaps you’ve tried to reach the hiring manager and tried to sell yourself into an interview. Maybe you’ve left multiple messages to the recruiter in HR to follow up on the resume that you submitted. It’s difficult to get any personal response. So your resume is forced to do your selling for you. So how can you get an ”edge” using a ”resume coach”? Here are some facts: When thousands of resumes are searched by recruiters, if you’re not on page 1 or 2, you’re probably not even in the running.
While a good resume needs to hit the mark on many levels, it is crucial not to give recruiters any obvious reasons to throw your resume on the early reject pile. Below, I have listed some important items to address to ensure you avoid any obvious or glaring shortcomings, thereby making it harder for recruiters to exclude your resume in early screening.
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.
* Red Flag Number 3: Resumes written in an inappropriate format. Never write the resume in complete sentences! There is a format and style to resumes and curriculum vitae (CVs) that is different from other genres of writing. The resume must be written in a way that anyone who picks it up and looks at it will know that it is a resume. This is not to say that you label the document RESUME at the top of the page! Instead, you must utilize effective formats and the common language of your field to indicate your knowledge in a way that is immediately recognizable as a resume. * Red Flag Number 4: Resumes that are not an appropriate length. Employers and recruiters are very busy people and expect to read a certain amount of content depending on the type of job they are hiring for. For example, they do not want to read a four-page resume from a new graduate with no work experience.