Resume

Boost the Power of Your Resume by Developing a Creative Online Presence

What do YOU bring to the table? What makes YOU stand out? In an extremely competitive job market, you need to go the extra mile to ensure that you attract positive attention.

It has become the practice of recruiters and employers alike, to view a candidate’s on-line profile when they are compiling their final short-list. Use this to your advantage, by creating a visible web presence that that truly showcases your original design and development abilities.

There are several ways to create your own ‘branding’ and draw interest when it comes to your on-line presence.

Develop Your Online Presence

The Basics: Use a Striking Resume Template

First things first. You need to grab the employer’s attention with a resume that distinguishes you from the rest of the crowd.

With over 279 templates to choose from, Hloom is a great place to look for inspiring templates.

The following are template style examples that could work extremely well for the creative industry:

The Portfolio template could be the right pick for a designer or photographer that wants to showcase their visual accomplishments.

Portfolio Templates

The Newspaper template portrays your ability to think outside the box.

Newspaper Templates

The Creative template highlights your originality on a single page.

Creative Templates

Use your resume as the basis document to mention applicable links and highlight your online presence.

Create a Digital Portfolio

Be creative in making your portfolio pop, as this will enhance your chances of being considered for that desired position.

Use one of these platforms to create a striking web-portfolio:

Behance
Agencies and individuals use this platform to showcase material in fields such as graphic design, art direction, photography and illustration. Behance also has a tab for creative jobs, which could be just the place to find that dream job.

Behance

Coroflot
If there are specific creative projects that you have worked on, that you are particularly proud of and want to share, then look no further. Coroflot is a great place to get noticed by design-driven companies and they also offer a job board for job seekers.

Coroflot

Carbonmade
Get inspired with the latest ‘awesome’ examples of portfolios that were created with Carbonmade. With a variety of themes to choose from, you can easily display your creative abilities with this online portfolio website.

Carbonmade

As a creative guru, there is always the option of creating your own website. You have total freedom in deciding on the format, style, content and theme to reflect who you are.

Become a Superstar Blogger and Guest Writer

Share your thoughts, ideas and advice with the global community by writing interesting material. Here are some of the sites that you can consider:

OXP
If you are reading this article, then you have probably already discovered the valuable posts on OXP (onextrapixel), aimed at the creative community. Make use of the opportunity to share your industry know-how with fellow designers and developers as a guest writer.

OXP

Tumblr
As a platform focused on visual content, Tumblr is a great place to post your multimedia and creative micro-blogs. One of the perks of this site, is that you can also add your resume to your Tumblr dashboard by making use of a cloud based plugin.

Tumblr Resume Plugin

Reddit
Described as the ‘front page of the internet’, Reddit allows you to become a “Redditor” by submitting content on an online bulletin board. Entries fall under categories, called “subreddits”, which also include image sharing sections.

Reddit

Post on Sites that Showcase Your Creative Skills

Instagram
The chances are, that if you enjoy photography, you already have an Instagram account. If you want to use Instagram as a job seeker: to display your digital skills and unique photos, then you might want to consider creating a second account for this purpose. The average ‘selfies’ or pictures of Mutt at the park, will not elevate your resume.

Also consider using your account to follow and tag the posts of noteworthy people in your industry.

Instagram

Pinterest
For people working in the creative arena, posting a unique infographic e-resume on Pinterest, could really be to your benefit. Although this might not be the formal resume that you use to apply for positions, it is still a great opportunity to strut your creative stuff and get noticed.

Take into account that artistic and aesthetic profiles will likely get pinned more. This is a factor that head-hunters can base their candidate-search on.

Pinterest

Vine
If you have a knack for creating animations or short videos, then Vine is just the platform where you want to show-off your creative abilities. You might get inspired by following the Editor’s picks.

Vine

Make Social Media Work For You

The chances are, that you already have profiles on several social media websites. It might be a good idea to revisit them and look at them from the perspective of a future employer.

LinkedIn
LinkedIn is probably one of the best recruitment tools that you can have in your job-hunting itinerary. These days, most resumes refer to a LinkedIn profile. With their expanding database, it is a top space for networking and attracting the attention of recruiters.

You can strengthen the appearance of your profile by posting on LinkedIn’s publishing platform.

LinkedIn

Twitter
Twitter also lends itself to connect with like-minded people in your industry. It is therefore good practice to get into the habit of regularly posting material on your profile. Make sure that what you are putting out there is current and interesting.

Twitter

Facebook
Don’t be surprised when you attend an interview and you realise that the interviewer had a look at your profile. You might want to consider changing your security settings or removing the photo that shows what a party animal you can be.

Facebook

Conclusion

Take the time and make the effort to invest in an aesthetic and exciting online presence. This will not only boost the power of your resume, but it will also create an interest and attract attention with employers. Best of luck with that job-hunting!


Onextrapixel – Web Design and Development Online Magazine

5 Things You Should Leave Out of Your Resume

Resume Writing photo from ShutterstockLiterally millions of words have been written about that document that has long been the centerpiece in the typical job search, the résumé. (From time to time over the years I’ve written a few of those words myself!) Normally, résumé articles/blogs focus on what to make sure to include in your résumé. In this post I am going to take a slightly different approach. I’m going to tell you FIVE things you should leave out of your résumé, as well as one thing you may leave out of it, if you so desire, usually with minimal risk.

First, the FIVE things you should leave out of your résumé

1. Career Objective

Rare indeed is it that a résumé doesn’t prominently feature (usually at the top) a “Career Objective” statement. It’s in this section that you briefly outline the type of career opportunity you are seeking, what in effect it will take to make you happy in a new job. But you know what? At this very early stage in the job-hunting game, when you are likely to be among hundreds (perhaps even thousands!) of other candidates simply throwing their hats in the ring, the last thing a hiring professional is usually considering at this point is what will make you happy!

If you actually become the candidate of choice later on in the process, and negotiations begin in earnest to hire you, then and only then will most hiring professional become interested in what is going to make you happy. Until that point, the hiring professional is usually concerned about just one thing: Finding the very best candidate(s) for a position (or positions) he or she is trying to fill!

You would be far better served to include an “Executive Summary” of what you can specifically offer a hiring company in place of a “Career Objective.”

2. Irrelevant/Out-of-Date Work Experience

While you of course want to avoid having any significant employment “gaps” in your résumé whenever possible, that does NOT mean that you will want to include every single job you’ve ever held since entering the workforce. Nor is it necessary to include, say, jobs held briefly outside your area of professional expertise, if you were perhaps blindsided during The Great Recession and had to take a temporary (or part-time) position to survive!

Remember, we hiring professionals are human too and we understand that a lot of bad things happened to a lot of good people during the recent recession!

Normally, it is entirely acceptable to include, say, the last ten or 15 years of relevant experience for the new position being sought. If the hiring professional becomes genuinely interested in you as a candidate, he or she certainly will ask you to explain any “gaps” in your résumé that may be of concern.

3. Any Phraseology Employing the Word “I”

While it may seem counter-intuitive to try to explain a particular job function or significant career accomplishment without employing the word “I,” you are nonetheless strongly advised to avoid using this personal pronoun in your résumé. Why? Because such phraseology can easily, and quite unnecessarily, brand you as somewhat of a self-serving prima donna, someone who is more of a grandstander than a team player. Many companies today actively seek team players and tend to avoid individual “stars,” and as the saying goes, “there is no ‘I’ in team.”

To illustrate this point, consider two very different ways you could express a significant accomplishment in your current position. Here is one way:

I was responsible for increasing total revenue in my department by $ 1 million in fiscal 2013, while at the same time, reducing overall expenses by nearly $ 500,000. . . .

Here is another, better way of saying the same thing, while positioning yourself as a true leader who highly values a teamwork approach:

Led a team that was recognized companywide for increasing total department revenue by $ 1 million in fiscal 2013, while at the same time registering an overall reduction in expenses of nearly $ 500,000. . . .

A subtle distinction without any real difference? I think not, and most other hiring professionals will have the same attitude and opinion.

4. Any Statement/Claim That “Stretches” the Truth

There was a time—long, long ago, it now seems—when résumés were pretty much taken at face value. If a candidate “stretched” the truth about something in his or her work experience, chances were pretty good that it wouldn’t be discovered because many companies simply weren’t all that diligent about checking the veracity of each and every claim made in a résumé. You should know that time has long since passed.

Today, with many companies still extremely cautious about adding new staff, you can be assured that, if you become a serious contender for a position, virtually each and every significant claim you make in your résumé is likely to be verified.

Best advice: Stick strictly to the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!

5.  “References Available”

This is another one of those résumé elements that have become standard over the years, primarily because of perpetual usage by most job seekers. Today, it has largely become just unnecessary “noise” in a résumé. If you are seeking a professional-level career opportunity, let me assure you that the hiring professional automatically assumes you will have references. That does not mean, however, that you won’t need to provide references at some point in your job search. It just means you don’t have to indicate that you actually have them because that is presupposed.

And now for the “bonus” element that you may leave out of your résumé, if you feel the need

If you are someone who has relatively long tenure in the workforce, you may have a genuine concern about including dates of graduation in your résumé. Perhaps you fear that including these dates may unnecessarily subject you to possible age discrimination, which even though illegal and substantially ill-advised, nonetheless remains a fact of life.

So, the question often becomes: Is it “safe” to leave out dates of graduation? Some hiring professionals strongly argue for always including them, while others (like me) believe that including them or not including them is extremely unlikely to significantly affect your candidacy—provided the remainder of your résumé strongly positions you as a candidate highly deserving of a “second” look!

If you would like to learn more about the elements, the approaches, that make up a job-winning résumé, check out my Kindle single entitled, “Résumé Writing Made Easy!” on Amazon.com. Included are SIX fully editable résumé “templates” you can download to your desktop, laptop or tablet and begin turning your run-of-the-mill résumé into a job-winning WOW! résumé.

__________________________________________

This post is a modified excerpt from Skip’s latest book in the “Headhunter” Hiring Secrets Career Development/Management publications series, Career Stalled? How to Get Your Career Back in HIGH Gear and Land the Job Your Deserve—Your DREAM Job!

For a “Sneak Peek” at the first THREE Chapters of Career Stalled?, email Skip’s editor, Michael Garee, at mlgaree@headhunterhiringsecrets.com, and put “CS? Three FREE Chapters” in the subject line. NOTICE: Offer ends Oct. 8, 2014!

Going on a job interview soon? Know someone who is? Download Skip’s FREE PDF entitled,“How to ACE the Job Interview, by clicking HERE.


Personal Branding Blog – Stand Out In Your Career

Professionally Edited Résumé Adds Huge Value

Resume photo from ShutterstockThere are two steps to take before you’ll get that job offer. The first is to create a résumé. An attractive and intriguing résumé will generate an invitation for an interview. The second step is to convince the interviewer you’re the ideal candidate. Unfortunately, though, most people fail in the first step. The reason is that in today’s super competitive job market, only candidates whose résumés are truly outstanding will generate further interest.

Most—if not all—of those who prepare their own résumé find it deficient based on the fact that they get no calls. Therefore, ultimately, many turn to a professional résumé writer. But there’s a viable alternative that may be the better choice—and significantly less costly. And that is a professional résumé editor. To make my point, I asked Paula of EditAmerica.com to provide me with brief before-and-after portions of a résumé she recently edited. The readability, editorial integrity, and clarity of thought and expression are markedly improved in the edited version. I recommend such an editorial service for job seekers who cannot afford a professional résumé writer. Take a look at the example.

Resume’s original summary paragraph

Idea generator, communicator and problem solver. A business analyst experienced in bringing together the user community and the Information Technology teams to focus on establishing or identifying common goals and implementing satisfactory solutions. Have achievements in circulation, advertising, transportation, dealer contracts and cost containment arenas. Ability to translate user needs into requirements, and requirements into actionable projects.

Resume’s revised, edited summary paragraph

Seasoned idea generator, communicator, and problem solver. A business analyst offering expertise in skillfully uniting user communities with information technology teams so the two can focus on the determination and establishment of common goals and then on implementation of satisfactory solutions. Verifiable achievements in circulation, advertising, transportation, dealer contracts, and cost containment arenas. Additional proficiency in translating user needs into requirements, and requirements into actionable projects.

Remember that a person whose job is to read résumés—and make decisions about candidacy and whether or not to call in applicants for interviews—has only limited time. In 10 to 30 seconds, the screener decides. And if your résumé is not appealing, clear, and communicative regarding how your skills, accomplishments, and strengths can help the prospective employer’s organization, then the next candidate’s perhaps is.

DIY, or do-it-yourself, projects sometimes make sense and save money. But this one, involving résumé refinement, requires both in-depth editorial expertise and years of editorial experience. Why are famous artists’ works so much more attractive than those of most others in the same field? You know the answer!


Personal Branding Blog – Stand Out In Your Career