Any savvy job-seeker knows that resumes are not the golden ticket to your next position. Hands down, the majority of jobs are obtained by way of networking. Nevertheless your resume does play a critical role in the selection process.
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The resume never tells the whole story. It rarely tells more than a sliver of the story, and that sliver is intended to make us look fabulous, bursting with accomplishments, devoid of failures and blemishes.
In today's hyper-connected world in which we are daily bombarded with electronic, auditory, written and visual signals and images, the average person grants someone presenting their blurb perhaps 10 to 20 seconds to grab their attention.
We've all been typing on the run with the "Sent From my iPhone" at the bottom. And, let's face it: catching your own typos is actually really hard to do. However, what is not so easily forgiven is a mistake on a resume or cover letter.
We live in a world where very little emphasis is put on preparing people to create this document, which turns out to be their biggest personal marketing tool. If done right, it is your golden ticket. If not, it is a one-way stop to the trashcan.
Keeping our resumes updated also can serve as a great reminder as to what we've accomplished lately. We are often so buried in the daily grind, caught up with problems that arise, that the memory of our sweet victories is short-lived.
It may be scary to leave the tradition of resumes and C.V.s behind. But once you do -- and instead focus on these six characteristics -- you'll start hiring the right type of people. And more importantly your team won't just look good on paper -- it will be great in real life.