The Resume Is Dead?
Some people like to say that the resume is dying or even dead now that social media has invaded the scene, but although that might be wishful thinking for some, it’s not quite true. What is true is that the approach to writing a resume has evolved (can I get an Amen!?).
A good resume writer now needs to be thinking in terms of an overarching personal branding message. The resume is the core of that message, which is then carried over into a LinkedIn profile, blog, bio, Twitter presence, and so on. In the end, the job seeker is left with a clear, consistent brand that permeates through both traditional and social media.
That is what has changed about resumes and, in essence, is what is revitalizing them, turning them into powerful messages with FUTURE RELEVANCE instead of lifeless lists of past accomplishments.
So, yes, it’s no longer just about having your resume “done” (it never should have been that way in the first place); it’s now about thinking of what differentiates you from the crowd…what problems do you solve? what business value do you bring? (Let’s breathe some [or #SoMe, as my Twitterati friends would say :-)] life into it!)
And how well you communicate that message across multiple platforms is what makes a job search successful in today’s market.
For more discussion on the topic, on 5/9/2012, the Tech Career Forum hosted its weekly #TCFchat on Twitter. The topic was resume branding and Applicant Tracking System (ATS) issues. Click on the link below to view the highlighted dialogue from Storify.[View the story “Tech Career Forum Branding, Resume ATS & Job Search” on Storify]
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