That headline was used to get you here.
I don’t believe “resume trends” are something you need to jump on. But I also know if you’ve gotten this far, you’re looking to breathe new life into your resume.
Here’s what’s up.
People have been using outdated resume writing practices (and templates) for decades and for the first time are just now starting to learn about the importance of things like:
- targeting our audience
- demonstrating our value
- telling our story
- sharing our data and quantifiable results
- handling perceived obstacles (like career gaps, misalignments)
- sharing our accomplishments in a meaningful way
- presenting our personal branding
- using design to feature our value
Resume writing isn’t about trends, templates, 1-page vs. 2-page resumes or a one-size-fits-all approach to presenting our information. It is about assessing our offering, aligning it with the needs of employers and telling a compelling story. How do you do that?
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗮 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘂𝗺𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯:
- Consider all the things you have to offer an employer. (What are your direct competencies?)
- Identify what matters most to the employers you’re targeting. (What does the employer need to know about you to say “yes” to hiring you?)
If you can learn how to do these two things well, then you improve your ability to get what you want.
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About The Author
Maureen McCann is an award-winning career coach, master resume writer, and master certified interview, employment, and career strategist whose clients include C-level executives, managers, and professionals in all industries including the Canadian banking, oil and gas, healthcare, IT, and government sectors.