Most people are unaware of seemingly subtle points in their resume that scream out certain things to employers. What may seem vague and somewhat insignificant to you usually is one of the first things that an employer looks for when evaluating candidates. Related: How Career Changers Can Identify Transferable Skills Employers are evaluating resumes and looking to see what you’ve done to keep yourself up-to-date, and many are on a talent shopping spree. This means they are hiring top industry subject-matter experts who have demonstrated their understanding of applying new skill sets and ideas in the workplace.
Most Important Career Question To Ask YourselfTo wit, I jokingly (but not really) say your resume is not an obituary, but instead, a dynamic, driving career road map. And there's one thing that can help "wake" job seekers up more than anything... by asking the most important career question that will impact their competitiveness in today's job market:
"Are My Skills Obsolete?"If you ask this question, and realize the skills you offer are just run-of-the-mill abilities or are outdated, this is your red flag cue you need to get moving… FAST. If you hope to survive what's now being termed the “Great Recession,” which is continuing with no foreseeable end in sight. Your ability to navigate the requirements of companies hiring will rest solely on how you have kept up your skill sets. Being aggressive in stockpiling skills and knowledge will be critical to making your candidacy the best value in the marketplace... and you’ll need to be strategic about how you map out acquiring those skills. Apply the following questions to your resume to better see what employers are thinking when they read this document:
- Have I attained any industry-specific certifications?
- Have I taken any classes, workshops, trainings, conferences, conventions, webinars, continuing education units, or gone to any corporate learning university sessions?
- How have I demonstrated the practical application of what I have learned into my work?
- Has there been any peer recognition for my subject-matter expertise (as in any awards, speaking engagements, publications, etc.)?