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What’s In and What’s Out for Résumés in 2014

Friday, February 7th, 2014

On “Project Runway,” Heidi Klum often declares, “One day you’re in, the next day you’re out.” While she’s referring to fashion, the cyclical nature of trends extends to résumés and job-search tactics as well. And if your résumé style is out in 2014, you may well be out, too.

To make sure you’re keeping up with the trends and away from major résumé disasters, check out what’s in and what’s out in 2014.

IN: Keywords that match job descriptions
Many employers use applicant tracking systems to screen résumés and generate a short list of candidates. To ensure that your résumé makes it through the ATS, try greater research into the position and employer to identify a higher percentage of the employer’s keywords associated with specific positions, then creatively embed them in the application and résumé.

OUT: Listing your daily tasks as experience
Instead of using valuable space to tell employers about your basic responsibilities at previous jobs, use the section they’re most likely to pay attention to for impressive feats and stand-out accomplishments. Include quantified, employer-focused accomplishments listed in bullet point under each work experience. For example, “With team of 12 telemarketers, achieved 131 percent of productivity objectives, with a customer positive rating of 98.2 percent.”

IN: Creating and using multiple drafts and formats
Just as no two jobs are the same, no two résumés should be the same. Boyer suggests creating multiple drafts and formats for different roles, to make it through different application mediums and screening tools. Create multiple résumés, customized for each position, in both .txt and .doc formats to allow for use in online applications and ATS‘s (.txt), and for traditional printed copies and PDF emailing (.doc).

OUT: Including an objective statement
Replace the outdated ‘objective statement’ and include a summary of your qualifications at the top of your résumé. This swap offers a more personal look at you and what you could bring to the job. This should be three to five sentences long and should be tailored specifically for the job you are applying for. Be straight to the point, and market yourself as the ideal person for the job. Be compelling and concise, using this section to paint a picture of your characteristics, experience and achievements.

IN: Pointing employers to your online presence
While you only get so much room on an application or résumé, there’s likely much more you’d like to share with prospective employers. The best way to do this? Include your LinkedIn URL. First, if you haven’t already, you should create a LinkedIn profile, as LinkedIn profile URLs are becoming standard to put on your résumé. A LinkedIn profile will allow prospective employers the opportunity to learn more about your skills and better assess your qualifications. Make sure to fully develop your profile prior to listing your URL and align your résumé’s goal with your profile, so both are telling the same story.

OUT: “References available upon request”
Similar to the objective statement, including references or “references available upon request” is a waste of valuable résumé real estate and just repeats the obvious. ‘References available upon request’ was great in 1955. Not so much now. What are you going to say — ‘References not available upon request’? Instead, expand other sections that need the space. Create an “Additional relevant information” section, where you can list your skills, languages, training, certifications, and technologies that are immediately relevant to the desired targets.

Original from MSN

Resolutions for Your 2014 Job Search

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

A new year gives you the opportunity to renew your career goals. Daydreaming about a new career or landing your ideal job might be based on good intentions, but without a plan, dreaming about a new start is like wishing for things to happen.

Resolutions that stick begin with clear goals and measurable actions. The clearer your goal, the easier it is to visualize it happening and your chances of reaching them increase substantially if you start with small, measurable steps.

You may want to take a second look at the significance of planning. According to one prominent study from the University of Missouri, professor Daniel Turban and chair of the Department of Management found that successful job candidates benefit from planning.

“Thinking about, acting on, and reflecting upon a plan were important early in the job search, while having positive emotions were important later in the job search,” Turban said.

Setting new career resolutions begins with awareness of what you want to achieve in 2014. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions to consider when planning a career move:

Know your interests before you search.

List your core skills and decide on which ones you want to increase; strengthen your resume and seek guidance on rebranding your online and offline presence.

Take risks in meeting colleagues or new contacts to develop rapport-building skills.

Strengthen your LinkedIn profile and use it consistently, joining groups and contributing to active conversations.

Break out of your same routine by doing something new each day.

Make wise use of your time with job search activities that are productive, reviewing your progress weekly.

Keep a journal of your career transition, noting key learning points and positive returns.

Practice the art of follow-up and make it a habit to follow up on information you receive.

Focus on where you are going, not where you have been.

Surround yourself with people who believe in you and who are supportive.

Your career goals are obtainable if you make a commitment to work toward reaching them. The key is keeping your expectations in line and believing that every major goal starts with a series of steps.

Consider incorporating these 10 resolutions to your job search this year and see what happens.