Have you heard? “Resumes are dead” (Richie Norton).
Recruiters are examining your LinkedIn Profile. Hiring managers are checking your Facebook page. Employers are scrutinizing your Instagram. Is it time to add your resume to these profiles? How to design a resume for the times of social media? It depends on your story.
Let us go through resume types 101. Did you know there are many types of resumes? I have simplified them into three categories.
Typically needed to follow the job application guidelines. A traditional resume is the most commonly used type of resumes and it is meant to be ATS (Applicant Tracking System) friendly; the software system commonly used to narrow down applicants. A traditional resume can be:
If you want to focus on a specific job market, then purposeful resumes are required:
Writing innovative resumes is an art, so you should be willing to spend time to craft them well. For those of you with creative career paths, these non-traditional resumes allow you to show your artistic style. For others, innovative resumes will help you stand out.
While I do not recommend using innovative resumes for traditional job application methods since they are non-ATS compliant, I do endorse creativity when networking and for social media profiles. In this virtual age, innovative resumes are powerful job seeking tools if crafted well.
Think of yourself as a brand. Use innovative resumes to market the story of your brand and to tantalize readers into wanting to learn more:
Resumes are not dead
Resumes are not dead; they are an art form that is transforming and adapting to the latest technological advancements and the social media arena!
Which one of the three categories of resumes you choose will depend on your career journey and the story you are trying to weave for the job you are applying.
We spend so much time at work, let’s make sure we are fulfilled and connected with our own essence a quote by Massimo Roselli
Summer Is Here
Summer is here and it is time to relax and have fun! Right?!!
Reality is...NO. You have to look for work. You feel that you have no time to waste. You needed a job yesterday and there is no time for fun and relaxation.
I want to tell you a secret. Summer IS the time to rejuvenate and focus on the moment. Yet as much fun as this sounds, summer can be the time to start reflecting on your career.
You have your interests, skills and talents and summertime is the perfect time to figure out your unique and personal values.
Why Should YOU Bother
Not only will reflecting on who you are help you find a role that you will enjoy, it will also ensure career success.
Take the time to regularly check in on your daily routine:
Discover your BEAVI ©
Once you have done some reflection, it is time to Discover your BEAVI © (beliefs, experiences, abilities/skills, values, interests).
Start a BEAVI © list and reflect on the meaning of each of the BEAVI © terms:
Your definition of each term is what matters. Regardless of what everyone else thinks, it is YOUR definition that matters.
Once you have defined each term, it is time to bring in your daily routine reflection results and Discover your BEAVI © by categorizing each activity.
Let’s say, you enjoy spending time cooking your dinner. Cooking will be one activity in your daily routine. Would you put as an interest or as an ability? It is up to you. What matters is that it is recognised on the Discover your BEAVI © as an agreeable part of your daily routine.
Continue down your reflection results and list as many activities as you can. Whether it is waking up early or sleeping in, reading or writing, creating or copying...add it all to the list under the appropriate term.
Get to Know YOU
The purpose of reflecting on your daily routine and uncovering your BEAVI © is to help you to get to know YOU.
Take the time to get to know YOU this summer! Once you know who you are, it will be much easier to distinguish the type of job you are looking for and much more engaging for you to find your right fit employment.
I am Hoda Kilani, your Certified Professional Career Coach. I provide you with the latest strategies to innovatively craft your career journey your way!
“The best way to predict your future is to create it” — A. Lincoln
Here we go again…It’s that time of year when you are told you have to make a decision, coming at you with another quote, by a famous U.S. president no less, telling you that you are in charge of creating your future.
Your Life Your Responsibility
"Your life is your responsibility", says career expert Dr Ken Keis.
Do Not Worry
Choosing one university/college program is a big decision and it is normal to think that you do not have a clue. Most young people don’t.
While some of your friends may seem to have their whole life planned out, there are many who do not have a plan and will go where opportunities push them.
Do NOT spend too much time worried about it. Take a deep breath and look around you.
Engage In New Activities.
More importantly, do NOT shy away from new experiences.
Career experts agree that it’s important to engage in intentional exploratory actions to better understand future possibilities.
For example, a neighbor asks you to help with painting the fence, a friend suggests you join them in volunteering for an event and so on…if the task is half appealing to you then give it a try.
Not For You
Granted, the task itself might not turn out to be an interest or a skill you detest. Engaging in new activities gives your clarity. Here's an example:
“I thought I wanted to be a lawyer, but then I went on that job shadow and was like ‘uh-oh.’ See, I don’t want to sit in a cubicle all day” (Petrillo).
However, it is not necessarily just what you are doing that will help you get to know what you like to do or to study. It is also the conversations you have or the people you meet. The neighbor might be the mentor with whom you could share your interests and the event organizer might be the role model for your future career.
Time Is Of The Essence
Do NOT expect to find your number one choice within a week. Give yourself a bit more time.
Decisions like choosing a university program are complex and happen over time.
Reflect, Reflect And Reflect
What is important is that you find the time to reflect on the various activities you have explored.
You have the time to reflect. You can, for example, reflect while doing everyday activities such as, when brushing your teeth. Ask yourself:
Here is the common thread; important choices in life such as choosing a university, whom to marry and your next career move take some reflection time for them to be successful.
Unclog Your Worries
Do NOT overwhelm yourself with too many program/university choices.
Deep down inside, you know you hated your time during — add course name here — class. Be honest with yourself and stay away from programs that require too many courses of — add course name here — in that particular subject.
Guess what may happen after you complete your research, you may find yourself going back to — add course name here — and questioning why you eliminated it. This is just fine because at that point you will have less choices to worry about.
In short, the famous adage, “don’t worry, be happy” applies here.
Take a deep breath, explore, experiment and most importantly reflect!
You will soon find yourself creating your future.
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