Résumés That Get the Job Done!

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Nancy Fullbright

Recently, a young public relations major at The University of Southern Mississippi reached out to us about job opportunities in Savannah. Madison Clark, who is also a marketing minor, forwarded along her résumé and we were blown away! (Check out her issuu site and her samples at issuu.com/kyleymadison and hire her!)

Gone are the weary Microsoft résumé templates, overused objective statements and boring filler words such as “excellent communication skills” or “dedicated professional” (some of which, I admit, are what I used when I first started looking for work 20 years ago!)

Today’s job seekers are tech savvy and understand technology is not only constantly changing but can be leveraged to give their job searches a modern, visually engaging, first-class résumé. Ultimately, this is what will provide a competitive advantage over other candidates.

Here are some things to remember when putting together a modern and sleek résumé:

  1. Visually engaging résumés resonate. Did you know our brains process visual images 60,000 times faster than text? It’s why visually-driven sites like Pinterest, Snapchat and Instagram are so popular. It is imperative that you incorporate visual interpretation of your data into your résumé. In fact, one recent study reported that content with relevant images get 94 percent more views than content without. Let that sink in.

  2. Creativity counts. Are you thinking outside the traditional résumé box? Are you using images, infographics, social media, issuu sites (like our friend Madison)? Some résumés have even been created that look like magazine spreads! Tailor your résumé to the industry you’re in to stand out from the crowd.

  3. The Twitter effect. In our 24-7, round-the-clock cable news, Twitter-impacted society, brevity is more important than ever. On social media, we’re used to having to get our point across in the shortest way possible. The same is true for job seekers. When possible, use bullets to break up information, say what you need to say in the fewest words possible, and use charts, graphs and other visual images to communicate information.

How we consume media has changed drastically over the last 20 years (when I first started applying for jobs!) and technology is leading the way. Be aware of these constantly changing trends and willing to modernize the way you present yourself to potential employers. In the end, you just may land that dream job.

 

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