Welcome to our annual résumé trends show. It is the only show this year we focus solely on writing and preparing a résumé for your job search. This year, I chose Ashley Watkins to give the 411 on the latest trends in résumé writing.
Let me introduce Ashley:
She is a nationally certified résumé writer, job search and interview coach, and former recruiter. She is the founder of her company. Write Step Resumes. Her services help clients craft high-quality career documents (résumé and cover letter) and LinkedIn profiles to highlight their unique value offerings and communicate the distinct benefit to the target employer during interviews.
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Here are highlights from our conversation:
- Ashley compares and contrasts a few of the past trends
- The need for proof of your skills to stand out
- It’s more important to stand out than to a pasted & copied resume
- Communicate your brand and how you add value
- Ashley discusses the importance of the top 1/3 of a resume
- Write what’s valuable to the employer while communicating your unique value proposition
- Employers need to know can you solve my problem
- Trying to fill in space and using jargon can talk yourself out of your brand
With the emphasis on keywords now, personality can get lost. Remember that it’s a person first.
You must show enough keywords without the person missing
Show what you master, not as a jack-of-all-trades
We discuss the use of “I” in a resume – know your audience – often depends on the posting
Once a job posting is published if you have to wait to update your resume, you’re already behind
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