This week we will tackle resume updates for those who are pursuing new opportunities and want to know the current trends in resume writing. This is also “Update Your Resume” month so I thought this was a good time to publish a show about resumes.
I bring back my friend Melissa Cooley, a certified advanced resume writer, who helps me dissect the resume trends and look back at some of the differences from 2009 until today.
Let’s talk about some of your resume challenges. Here’s how:
- Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number
- Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
- Send email feedback to email@example.com
Melissa has been writing resumes as a business since 2009, and her blog The Job Quest found at MelissaCooley.com is an award-winning blog. Her advice has been featured on Careerbuilder, Monster, and Dice.com.
Here are some of the highlights from our discussion:
- It is still an important marketing document for job seekers
- Melissa states the “resume is dead” claim has existed since she started in 2009
- One of the significant changes in hiring—it’s done by panel
- The resume needs to deliver quickly in value to the reader
- The profile (formerly known as the objective) needs to be brief. It’s best at 1-2 sentences instead of 3-5. Brief and powerful is the goal
- Getting essential accomplishments, results, and impact is an excavation
- Melissa shares a few of the questions she asks clients to help them
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- If you’re a career pro and love giving career advice, let me know. I would love to have more guest writers during my hiatus and beyond. Thanks for being among the thousands who listen every month. There’s so much more to come so stay tuned!