RESUME REALITY: 3 Reasons to Make it On-line & Visual!

By J.T. O'Donnell Today, 90%+ of all jobs require a resume. It's the marketing brochure for your business-of-one. Personally, I've never liked writing resumes. Here's why:
  • They are subjective. It's hard to decide what to put on a resume about yourself.
  • There's no way to know if you are doing it right. Everyone has a different opinion as to what should be included and how it should be formatted.
  • They are text-intensive. (Yawn!) People get bleary-eyed reading them.
  • They need to be updated a lot. With the average tenure at a job just 18 months, a resume needs to be added to regularly. However, most people fail to remember where they kept their resume file and end up starting over each time they need to look for work.
  • They don't really showcase a person properly. A good resume can be made by a bad candidate and a great candidate can have a lousy resume.
Because of these reasons, I dream of the day when job seekers no longer have to create a resume from scratch. Instead, all employers will finally adopt an 'on-line resume submission only' rule that will level the playing field and make the resume process better for both the job seeker AND the hiring manager. In fact, here's a C-REAL-TV interview with Nathen Harvey from VisualCV. In it, we learn why job seekers who get visual with their resume will stand out to employers. Moreover, here's why I think everyone should create an on-line resume with good visual elements:

1) Consistency. A job seeker can keep track of all their work history in real-time and showcase their accomplishments in one easy-to-access place.


2) Quality. A job seeker who is not 'design savvy' can create a decent online resume by following the steps offered by the technology. No more comparing 'apples to oranges' - a standard format will make it easy for the hiring manager to assess each candidate fairly.

3) Credibility. An on-line resume immediately adds to a job seeker's personal brand on-line, making it easier for employers to find and verify their candidacy on the Internet (something 4 out of 5 hiring managers check up on).

NOTE: This doesn't mean I'm suddenly a fan of people creating YouTube video clips of themselves and pasting their photos all over their resume. This is not Facebook. But, I do think adding graphics and presentations you've developed are great examples of visuals that can be included in an on-line resume format that will make a strong impression - much more so than a regular paper resume could ever convey. My suggestion to job seekers in terms of adding visual elements to their on-line resumes is to simply remember the famous phrase by Doris Day, "People HEAR what they SEE." Hiring managers are the same, so think twice about what you put up on the internet!

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We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if witnessed a hiring manager at your organization making fun of a candidate who they had just interviewed who had autism.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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Fortunately, some companies have generous paternity leave policies that give new dads the ability to take time off of work to stay home with their child.

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During our weekly live Office Hours on YouTube, two of our coaches, Ariella Coombs and J.T. O'Donnell, answer questions live from viewers related to their job search, career success, on the job situations and more.

We complied a simple list of what we find to be the most common questions our coaches get about resumes. We hope you find this helpful.

Let's start with the basics...

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We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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