My virtual assistant business, Virtual Colleague, LLC, focuses on writing projects, so in this blog, I’m going to discuss the importance of a resume and why it’s important to keep it up-to-date.
According to FreeDefinition.com, the definition of a resume is “a brief account of one’s professional or work experience and qualifications, often submitted with an employment application.” This may have been true in the past, but in today’s ever-changing and competitive world, resumes have changed.
Two obvious changes are: the inclusion in the heading of the applicant’s LinkedIn, Facebook and/or Twitter URL. The second change is the elimination of the Objective paragraph. By including your social media URLs, a potential employer can gage what your interests are, who you interact with and how you communicate with your followers. This is an important step in the hiring process to see, if you fit the culture of the group or company.
Another new change in resumes is the need to demonstrate your skills and results. It is no longer acceptable to create a list of accomplishments. Hiring managers want to see, what you have done AND the outcome. They want to see RESULTS. Anyone can boast about the tasks and projects they worked on, but did those tasks and projects produce results and did those results exceed expectations?
Without giving any proprietary information, applicants should be able to list accomplishments along with the results and provide facts to back up their statements. Listing the applicant’s rating in their peer group also enhances the information they provide.
Why is this necessary? In today’s world, it is too easy to copy, paste and embroider on the truth or simply give in to the temptation to exaggerate or create what the applicant wishes they had done or would like to see on their resume. With the economy at a low point, employers are overwhelmed with applicants for every position posted. That’s why a clean, substantiated resume rises to the top of the list. The information is easily verifiable and the facts speak for themselves.
Anyone seeking to change jobs or is in the process of looking for a job or promotion should consider this information, when creating or seeking someone to create their resume for them. As an applicant, you need to stand out from the rest and believe me, there are thousands of applicants out there gunning for the same position.
As a certified freelance writer in non-fiction, I create resumes as part of my virtual assistant business, Virtual Colleague, LLC. Aside from the usual resume offerings, I create a Skills Portfolio for each client. This is a binder that illustrates the applicant’s skills, talents, abilities and strengths through a series of photos, clipart, infographics and other visuals that promote the applicant as a multi-faceted person. The Skills Portfolio covers the applicant’s interests, hobbies, volunteer work and favorite pastimes. It’s a great way to leave a lasting impression on the interviewer by presenting the Skills Portfolio at the time of your interview.
So you’re settled in your job and you’re not looking for another job. It’s always best to keep your resume and Skills Portfolio up-to-date. You never know, when that information will be needed and it will be in a tidy, well-organized place.
Best advice: Make sure you always have a resume and Skills Portfolio. You never know, when that information will be needed, especially during your annual review. Also, once a year, take the time to go through your resume and Skills Portfolio and add any new awards or promotions, update your job duties and responsibilities, list any new activities including volunteering and work-related volunteer work. Make sure you have the correct contact information for your references and try to get letters of recommendation on the work you are presently doing.
By keeping your resume up-to-date, organized, and current, you avoid losing valuable information and job descriptions, which you may need further down the road.
My business, Virtual Colleague, LLC, specializes in writing projects. I have created many resumes over the years and I enjoy bringing out the best of what my clients have to offer. If you or anyone you know needs a resume created or updated, they can contact me at 401-384-0257 or email me at: JPlante@VirtualColleagueLLC.com.
See my website: www.VirtualColleagueLLC.com for details.