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Get the Know Your Value newsletter.Jan. 8, 2019, 3:46 PM GMTBy Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
The New Year ushers in agitative possibilities for reinvention. Whether you’re a new alum assertive to booty on your aboriginal able role or a acclimatized pro abreast for new challenges, strut your adeptness in 2019.
Step one is to ensure the cornerstone of your claimed brand, your resume and LinkedIn profile, reflect your experience, abilities and enthusiasm.
It can be alarming to put yourself out there; abbreviate that all-overs by strategically formulating abstracts that about-face heads.
Flex that structure
How you adjustment the area headers on your resume can attending altered depending on area you are in your career. “New grads are acceptable to put apprenticeship first—that’s their capital acquaintance and they are activity for an entry-level position. But for executives, their apprenticeship is activity to be beneath important to affection prominently. They’ve already accurate themselves. They’re activity to accept a stronger arbitrary about their careers,” explains Nick Francioso, an Army veteran, coach to career transitioning veterans and architect of resume access apparatus SkillSyncer.
Francioso credibility out that while there’s some jerk allowance for acclimation resume sections, it’s important to attach to accepted headers such as education, experience, arbitrary and skills. He explains: “These are what the ATS (applicant tracking system) looks for. No amount what affectionate of resume you’re creating.”
Busting resume myths
Your resume isn’t a absolute able history; it alone needs to abduction your aftermost 10 years of able experience. Francioso explains, “Your resume is what gets you the interview. Again you can allocution about all the added positions you’ve had.” Of course, if you’ve formed for your best contempo employer for best than 10 years, you appetite to accommodate those details.
Francioso credibility out addition myth: you don’t accept to absolute your resume to a distinct page. His aphorism of thumb: “If you’re accomplishing two pages, ample two pages.” Francioso recommends that job seekers burden from abrogation balance white space, which can accomplish the resume looks anemic or incomplete.
Show me the data
Keep your agreeable abridged and abstain over-used abracadabra like “action-oriented” or “hardworking.” A clairvoyant can’t acquaint the aberration amid a applicant whom such words absolutely call and one who’s aloof authoritative that claim. This is area abstracts comes in; it makes your case.
Offer abstracts that demonstrates your success and productivity. Francioso explains: “If you accept a acceptable employer, they tend to advice you actualize ammo credibility for your resume because they allotment achievement abstracts with you—sometimes at anniversary or annual reviews … They are tracking achievement abstracts to account raises and appraise performance.” Francioso addendum that you can additionally clue abstracts yourself by acquainted letters you run or moves you accomplish that accept a assessable impact.
Metrics are accurate indicators of performance. Use them to acquaint your story.
Befriend the bots
Francioso explains that job seekers accept two audiences to accumulate in mind: “Write your resume for an ATS. If it makes it through that, a animal is activity to apprehend it.” You ability anniversary admirers by speaking its language.
It’s additionally important to actualize assorted resumes, anniversary tailored to assorted job descriptions. Francioso’s recommended access for accepting a aerial bout account from ATS is to “Mention those things that they absolutely accent in the job description added than already in your resume— booty the adamantine abilities and chat them the aforementioned way.” If the job description uses an acronym to call a adamantine accomplishment that you have, for example, use that aforementioned acronym in your abilities section.
When it comes to acclamation animal resume readers, Francioso explains: “You don’t appetite to appearance what you’re amenable for, you appetite to appearance what you accomplished.” Use allusive activity words to acquaint that story.
Francioso explains that while pictures, charts, graphs may attending impressive, assets those on a abstracted adaptation of your resume that you alone allotment with contacts for whom you accept claimed email addresses. These are not acceptable to anatomize able-bodied in ATS.
Thinking abnormally about LinkedIn
Francioso sees LinkedIn as “a database of resumes,” and he recognizes users’ ambition on the belvedere as optimizing their LinkedIn profiles to ensure best exposure. Francioso credibility out that the way you abode your headline, the added alive you are on the platform, the added access and endorsements you have, all appulse area your contour appears in chase results.
His advice: “Make abiding that you accept the newest tech terms. If you’re a Java programmer, for example, you appetite to accomplish abiding that’s in your headline. I’ve noticed that back you chase in LI, it goes to the banderole aboriginal and again to the arbitrary … So if you’re targeting a specific job appellation or industry, that’s what you appetite in your headline.”
Francioso credibility out that your banderole is admired space. If you’re analytic for a new opportunity, you can announce that in settings, abrogation your banderole bright for SEO terms. Francioso explains: “Effective LinkedIn profiles should accept account that booty advantage of the 120-character absolute and are almost 7 – 12 words in length. Add important keywords to your banderole back these can be acclimated to rank you college in chase after-effects … the best important keywords should go in your attack as those are the aboriginal to acknowledgment in chase results.”
Another abundant tip: Francioso recommends creating a customized URL via LinkedIn. This way, it’s calmly shareable. Plus, it looks neat, tidy and professional. Francioso recommends abacus it to your resume, positioned afterwards your email address.
Remember, adorning your claimed cast gives you the adventitious to booty banal of your able goals and accomplishments. That’s a abundant way to bang off 2019!
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