The internet has come to change the way in which the world works complete and mobile technology has made that change even more evident. This is a world that has a very hectic and very fast speed in every aspect. Due to the fact that technology has allowed for a much better way to communicate, now everything moves faster and this means that we have to upgrade every single aspect of your lives in order to keep up with the changes.
Time changes – things change
There is no question at this point that we need to be able to adapt to this new world and this is something that translates to the kind of resumes that we create when we are looking for a job in a company. There are many things that have changed and we are going to be talking about the main things to make sure you do when you send out a resume to people.
Compress your information
The first thing to consider is that you have to be able to make everything as compact and quick as possible. You have to take all of your information and you need to make sure that you can filter out anything that is not going to be essential for people to read. This means that you should forget about including those two week seminars that a lot of people attend and they get a certificate for them. If you show people that kid of 2 day or 2 week certification, you will only seem like someone who has nothing truly substantial to share and that is a terrible way to attempt to impress your potential employers.
The resumes that people made twenty years ago used to be like little eBooks. It was normal for people to have 10 pages and that was without including the cover and the intro they use to make. That was fine back then because the competition for a job was quite small in comparison to the huge competition that is out there today. This means that 20 years ago, the human resources people in charge of looking at resumes could actually take the time to read 10 pages of information because the amount of applicants was quite small. Now you are competing against dozens of people in the best scenario and in some cases there are hundreds of applicants for a job and they all have the same level of education that you have.
The resume of the modern world is no longer than 3 or four pages and that is only if you have a large number of accomplishments in past jobs. You should never take more than one page in your general info an education. Even if you went to Harvard, you shouldn’t be taking one page to describe your Harvard experience, unless you had the honor to be the summa cum laude or magna cum laude of the class. You should take one page for a highlight of your accomplishments and this is going to be the most crucial part of your resume, so make sure that it’s good enough and attractive enough.
Make use of your creativity
One thing for sure the old way of writing a resume is not much about creativity which is somehow seems important nowadays. As Kenneth Robinson – an English author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies had once said:
Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.
Creativity is one of those major factors employer looking for within their employees because it creates a culture of value for the company and workers themselves. And to stand out from the crowd you’ve got to show employer your strong side. Think outside of the box, do something that little to no one has not done, for example build your electronic resume – have a website to talk about you and your experience; improve your portfolio with evidence of works (a movie clip for a cameraman job, a simple IOS based game for that coding position or even wearing your own clothes to an interview for that designing company). All that you have to do is stepping of your comfort zone and make use of yourself.
Here is a great article written on Medium about some steps you could do prior to your interview to improve your chance of getting hired by 90%. Give us your opinions on what you think about this one and what would you do better at.
In conclusion, your resume needs to be all about quality and not about quantity. The more you can condense the information into a short resume, the better your chances of making a good impression. Using your creativity and make yourself stand out. This is going to resonate loudly with the person reading your resume and they will know they are dealing with someone who knows the caliber of the accomplishments.