Jul 26, 2017
Your resume is probably the most important document you use when
looking for a job. It offers a great opportunity to tell your story
and demonstrate what you can offer an employer.
Guest expert Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter shares her top 6 list of
what’s hot and what’s not in creating a great resume for today’s
What’s Hot in Resumes
- Focus — Make your resume format quick and easy to read and keep
it employer focused.
- What's in it for the Employer — Research pain points the
employer has and integrate your strategic insights about the
- Creative Problem Solving Skills — Use specifics from your
background to show how your critical thinking has solved
- Leadership — Display your ability to help other push
- Have a Career Portfolio — Have a skimmable resume, a meatier
resume, and professional profiles.
- Value-Focused Resume — Showcase the core values you would bring
to an organization.
What’s Not - And How to Fix It
- Brain Dump — Unless it directly benefits the employer, leave
out the wordy details.
- Me, Me, Me — Instead of focusing on yourself, look for
ways to demonstrate that you work well on a team without minimizing
your own accomplishments.
- Followership — Demonstrate your ability to take on the role of
a leader when necessary.
- One and Done — It’s important to have multiple ways an employer
can access desired information about your career.
- Just the Facts — Instead of listing your history, use
storytelling to paint a more interesting picture of your
Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Bio
Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter owns and operates CareerTrend.net. She is one
of just 50 master resume writers in the United States. Jacqui
has crafted more than 1,500 career stories. She uses her bachelor’s
degree in writing and journalism to apply a reporter’s eye to
careers. Follow her on Twitter @ValueIntoWords.
Jacqui is also in the process of rolling out a do-it-yourself
resume starter kit.
Ben’s Job Search Resource: Modern Career Economy
Ben’s resource this week is Down
and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don’t Find) Work
Today, by Ilana Gershon, an anthropologist at the University of
Indiana. Thanks to Find Your Dream Job listener, Russell Terry.
Find Your Dream Job Listener Question: Modern Job Search
Becky, Ben, Jessica, and Mac offer advice to Marcia Callahan
from Portland, Oregon. Marcia asks,
“Is it worthwhile to drop off your resume at an office where you
would like to work, or is there a more modern strategy to get in
front of a hiring manager?”
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