How to Build a Modern Resume
Whether you’re a Baby Boomer or Millennial the new age job recruiters are looking for a different resume that suits the needs of present day technology. By developing a web-based resume not only do you appear more “hirable”, but you are also more “searchable”. There was a time when plastering your resume on a billboard was out-of-the-box thinking that could get you hired, but now the best reach and probability is the interactive web. But, if you don’t know what you’re doing, believe me, the recruiter can tell.
How to Build a Modern Resume: Must Haves
- Digital Resume Types: Pick your poison and master it – mobile website for iPads and mobile devices, YouTube video for virality, responsive design for all devices, mobile application to show off interactive skills, text integration for fast reference, QR codes for visibility, or Blog for a more personal note.
- Mobile Strategy: How are people going to view your resume or portfolio? Try a QR code to show your tech savvy knowledge.
- SEO: #1 item that most job seekers miss is Search Engine Optimization that allows your resume/portfolio to be found.
- Links: Link to sites that relate to your resume to increase your searchability (i.e. your college)
- Keywords & Tags: Include trigger words that you think a recruiter would input into a Google search to find the perfect candidate
- Hypertext: Clean up the look of your site by just linking certain words within your copy to other articles and resources that may backup your claims (i.e. awards, accomplishments, or articles that mention your work)
- GPS locating: Increase your ranking on Google by adding an address linked to Google Maps
- Mobile Ready: Make sure you have a mobile website design version of your resume as well as a traditional site. You don’t know when an opportunity might arise on your job hunt so make sure you’re ready to show off your resume on any mobile device. If you show a traditional site on a mobile phone it looks poorly organized, thrown together, and certain items will appear as errors (images, Adobe Flash, modal windows, etc.)
- Mobile Website DESIGN: Use the technology to your advantage by means of visuals to depict your skills. You could add an interactive element – Ex. Create an image library of your references and as you click each reference their information pops up. Use this to eliminate unnecessary copy because the natural rules to resume writing still apply: keep it short and to the point.
- Responsive Design: Think about all the different ways one can access your resume – input a code that detects what type of device your resume is being viewed on to ensure it is appropriately displayed and aesthetically pleasing.
- An Employer’s Perspective: (1) Online job forms now have input fields for blogs or website URL’s. (2) When looking for a candidate they may go as far as searching in another state or even another country, which makes these new age resumes more readily available for a global search. (3) In this new generation employers are determined to find a candidate that already fits in to their technology packed environment. (4) The top hiring cities are generally technology centric cities – check out Forbes article “The Top Hiring Employers in America’s Biggest Cities”.