1. Give yourself a promotion – Change your job title
The job market is changing. The way we work is changing. Roles are changing and the way you define yours should change as well.
Take a fresh look at the role description you've had on your resume for years and update it to reflect the work you are ACTUALLY now performing on a daily basis. Re-assessing your job title allows you to adapt to the changing job market, brings you inline with in-demand skill sets and lets you compete more effectively with other job seekers. Graphic designers that have found themselves engaged with EDM design, online advertising or have worked with website front end designs in the last year can legitimately elevate themselves from 'Graphic Designer' to 'Graphic / Digital Designer' bringing them more inline with in-demand roles and potentially higher salaries.
2. Keep yourself safe – Change your address info
Gone are the days when your resume sat on a single desk, read by only by your prospective boss or single HR Advisor. The minute you click 'Send' your resume begins a journey that has it passing through multiple hands, is sent electronically to recruitment agencies, hiring managers, team member, sits on printers in open offices ....
Having your house number, street name and suburb on your resume opens you up to great personal security concerns. With one click on Street View in Google maps any one of the 50 people that have access to your resume will have a front row view of your house.
As well as introducing a security risk, having your full address on your resume also opens you up to possible typecasting before an employer has even had a chance to read your qualifications for the role. The suburb you live in, your house type (a unit or sprawling house), even your street name in some smaller towns or communities can allow an employer to form a false expectation of your soci-economic status and could lead them to believe they have an advantage when negotiating salary or wage packages.
Basic telephone, email, LinkedIn and online portfolio details are all that are needed to ensure you are contactable. Save the deeper dive into your location for the day you get the job and need to provide a mailing address.
3. Think digital – change your mindset
The vast majority of job applications are lodged digitally. Whether it be through Seek, emailed to a recruiter, or lodging with a company's own website your resume is going to reach employers via an online medium. Change your mindset when writing your resume in 2016 re-focus it for digital with these simple tips:
1. Clickable links: Your LinkedIn profile URL, email address, portfolio site or personal website as well as any website you are listing as part of your proof of digital experience should be complete and active links within your resume or cover letter. Make use of Microsoft Word's hyperlink features to add the URL and ensure these are active and click through correctly once you have exported to PDF.
2. Size matters: Make sure when you create and export your resume to PDF that it is below the size restrictions that some job board sites impose. A final PDF under 2MB will keep you safe and upload friendly.
4. watch your language – CHANGE YOUR buzz words
Recruiter, employers and Human Resources personnel are buzz word weary. Real accomplishments, quantifiable results and genuine career succession are all that get noticed in a sea of resumes all vying for the same role. Do a buzz word cleanse as you are writing your resume or reviewing your VC and swap out outdated and clique phrases like 'Motivated', 'Passionate' and 'Driven' with bullet points that make employers stand up and take notice. Real world statements like "Raised weekend revenue by 14% by initiating online advertising campaign" clearly and confidently tells the reader that you are a high performer.
In case you missed it:
Part 1 of 3: What you should delete on your resume
Part 2 of 3: What you should add to your resume
Part 3 of 3: What you should change on your resume
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