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Via CNBC : The jobs market is changing — and so should your resume

The jobs market is changing, that’s no secret.

Today, shifts in technology and demographics mean that more of us are working for longer and in totally different ways than previous generations.

And that trend shows no sign of abating. The World Economic Forum predicts that by 2025, 75 million jobs will have disappeared to be replaced by 133 million new ones as automation spreads in the workplace.

What’s less clear, however, is how to respond to that mammoth move.

Yet, according to experts, it likely starts with rewriting a centuries-old concept: The resume.

In a recent LinkedIn Influencer post, Alistair Cox, the CEO of global recruitment firm Hays, praised luminary Leonardo da Vinci for creating the resume in 1482, but opined that “as the world in which we work changes beyond recognition, so does the C.V.”

And he’s not alone in that view. Speaking to CNBC Make It, Paul Wolfe, global head of human resources at job site Indeed, said traditional resumes today do a “poor job” of representing candidates. Meanwhile, TopCV’s career expert, Amanda Augustine, said resumes “need to adapt to (employers) changing needs.”

So, just what does the new resume look like and — more importantly — how should you rewrite yours? Well, according to Cox, there are four things to keep in mind.

1. Readers will be both man and machine

We’re told that one of the key traits of the evolving workforce will be the presence of machines. And they will play as much a part in hiring for new jobs as performing them.

Indeed, they already are. According to U.S.-based business software marketplace G2, the use of so-called applicant tracking software — the machines used in resume screening — grew by 202% among its users in the year to April 2019.

That means that resumes today need to put greater emphasis than before on keywords, G2′s employee engagement journalist, Lauren Pope, told CNBC Make It.

“Applicant tracking systems won’t be dazzled by verbose language or bragging — it’s looking for the keywords that communicate that you can do the job,” said Pope.

Despite this, human recruiters will still play an important role, particularly in the final stages of an interview, experts agreed. So your resume and accompanying cover letter should give a flavor of you as an individual.

“Think of your personal statement as your elevator pitch, it’s the first thing a hiring manager or recruiter will read, so it’s got to be good. Use it to really paint a picture of who you are and what your story is,” said Cox.

2. Skills will be the focus

While key skills will be useful for recruiting algorithms, they’ll also be important for showing employers how you can adapt to the changing workforce.

“Skills are the new currency of the workplace,” Cox wrote in his post.

Therefore your resume should highlight the best traits you have to offer and your potential to learn new ones.

Those might include “super technical” skills, like cloud computing and user experience design, as well as simpler ones like the ability to analyse data. But, equally, soft skills such as creativity and communication should be noted, said Cox. Indeed, more than 57 percent of senior leaders today say they value soft skills over hard skills, according to a recent LinkedIn skills survey.

“It helps greatly to display your current and future potential.” – Grant Torrens | REGIONAL DIRECTOR, HAYS SINGAPORE

“As the world of work evolves, potential is becoming a bigger factor to consider than years of experience when assessing the suitability of a candidate,” Grant Torrens, Hays’ regional director for Singapore, elaborated in an email to CNBC Make It. “It helps greatly to display your current and future potential.”

Indeed’s Wolfe agreed: “You can’t have years of experience for a skill that’s only been around for 8 months.”

Stating is not enough, however, noted TopCV’s Augustine. Your resume should “show, rather than tell.” Where space evades you, you should refer recruiters to an online work portfolio or other showcase page, like your LinkedIn profile.

3. Gaps will become more common

With more of us expecting to work well into our 70s, career breaks are set to become more common as people take time out to retrain and travel.

As a result, recruiters will need to start challenging their longstanding view of gaps as “red flags.” That’s good news for employees, said Cox, so long as you know how to position them.

If you have career gaps, “don’t try to hide them,” said Cox. Instead, highlight how you kept yourself busy — whether by volunteering, undertaking training or travelling — and what you learnt.

“The key is to show how your break benefits not only your mental health but also your career,” added Torrens.

“Present to your prospective employer how you’ve stayed relevant through what you’ve learned from your break or how you’ve sharpened your skills during the career break,” Torrens said.

There are also smart ways to make a career break less prominent without omitting it entirely, suggested Pope.

“The functional resume focuses more on your skills and less on your career experience,” she said, contrasting the skill-led resume with the more traditional reverse-chronological style. “This resume is perfect for those who have jumped around in their career or taken significant time off.”

4. Personalization will be key

Finally, while experts suggest that machines will begin to outperform humans in many operational tasks in the coming years, there remains some time to go before they can accurately replicate human interactions.

So, highlighting your individual character and what sets you apart will be key, said Cox.

“Use your CV to tell the reader what you’re passionate about and what really motivates you,” he said. “The words you use should set the scene for the interview, during which you can explain more.”

“Going forward, the resume should be part of a much bigger profile.” – Paul Wolfe | GLOBAL HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES, INDEED

Depending on your skill set and the job for which you’re applying, that could include experimenting with new formats like video resumes or even augmented reality, he added.

Though others cautioned against gimmicky approaches, which they said can detract from a resume’s content, they agreed that applicants should bolster their resume with additional sources.

That might include a cover letter, LinkedIn profile, work portfolio or “carefully curated” social media accounts, said Augustine.

“Going forward, the resume should be part of a much bigger profile, with deeper information on people’s experience and abilities, as well as proven results on assessments,” added Wolfe.

Via The Ladders : Why less is more when it comes to your resume: Ladders 2019 Resume Guide

You have achievements from back in the day that don’t belong on your current resume.

We all deal with loss in our lives — in this chapter you’re going to deal with loss also — the loss of past achievements that are very near and dear to your heart, but that don’t support your job goals.

We all have them — me included. As a freshman at Yale, an enterprising group of us living in the same residential college (that’s what they call dorms at Yale) put together a proposal to take over the college’s coffee shop. The professor assigned to manage the dorm agreed and we giddily took over “The Buttery” and ran it for the next several years. Our enthusiasm was only marginally damaged when we did the math and discovered that we were making less than minimum wage for all the hours we put into it.

Nonetheless, that achievement stayed on my resume for well over a decade because I loved to be reminded of it. “Bright college years” is the old Yale school song, and thinking about my time in college, and the antics we got into, and the friends made there, felt wonderful. Even years later, it was a happy trip down nostalgia lane for me every time I reminded myself of those times by glancing at my resume.

It made me happy to see ‘The Buttery’ there.

But all of those wonderful feelings didn’t justify this achievement taking up 3 lines on my resume in the years ahead. While I thought it showed pluck, and energy, and entrepreneurial zeal, it was largely lost on recruiters, and hiring managers, because absolutely nobody really knows what a “Buttery” is. (Turns out it’s a funny old word from Europe related to where the butler stashed his stuff — Yale had adopted it for some of our coffee shops).

You, too, have achievements from back in the day that don’t belong on your resume. They come from a time in college, or at your first job, or even just a really wonderful experience you had in your last position that you are fond of in a way that doesn’t reflect the achievement’s value in your professional advertisement, but instead reflects the warm fuzzy feeling you get when you think back to that time.

Or perhaps it was an achievement that was hard-fought, that caused you nights and weeks of anxiety, and when the triumph came one misty morning, it smelled like … victory. Sometimes those battles, and conflicts, and times of terrible effort and concentration that go along with huge achievements have a rosy glow in hindsight. When those achievements support your professional advertisement message, they ought to be included.

But when those achievements are simply self congratulatory, represent the joy of victory, or mark a struggle that was more important emotionally than it was professionally, it is important for you to leave them off your resume.

Only the achievements and accomplishments that support your professional message deserve to be included. And every achievement that you select to show on your resume should help deliver the message to your future boss about the benefits you can deliver to them in the coming years.

So you’ll need to go through a painful, bittersweet exercise. Review all of your past experiences that you loved — an internship, a college course, a lifeguard job, an early achievement. If it, in fact, supports a key part of your benefit to your future boss, then definitely keep it on your resume.

But if, as I discovered in the case of my college nighttime snack shop experience, it is on your resume for reasons that are more sentimental than they are practical, you’ll need to make the hard choice and remove it.

But don’t mourn its departure too wistfully. After some time passes, you’ll discover that your enjoyment of the event is just as great with it off your resume. And you’ll be even happier with the outcome of having a cleaner, crisper resume that makes the case for your future employment more concisely.

Via The Ladders : Learning Ladders: So what is a good resume, anyway?

Is your resume a bio or a marketing tool? One thing is for sure – it’s the first impression you’ll make. So how is great resume building achieved easily?

Would you describe your resume as an example of good resume building?

Or would you say: “What difference does that make if I’m talented and experienced?”

OK — maybe the best way to answer that is to put it another way:

Is working hard, developing my skills, and targeting my experience important?

So the answer is yes and no:

  • Yes — if success is your goal, building a great resume and getting it out there is compulsory.
  • No — if you don’t like being told what to do (or something!).

And if we’re getting into philosophical questions, let’s focus on the Ladders philosophy:

“Your resume is a professional advertisement, targeted toward your future boss,
with the goal of landing an interview for a job that you can succeed in.”
–Ladders 2019 RESUME GUIDE, Marc Cenedella

So our advice and help with resume building is based on 15 years of hard won experience covering millions of resumes.

Likewise, we’re thought-leaders who have conducted resume/recruiter studies with staggering results.

So here’s how your resume breaks down:

– Its goal is to go out and get you that job.
– And it’s usually the first part of you out of the gate.
– Hence it’s the first big impression you get to make.

Is good resume building easy?

Recruiters for high-end companies study member resumes on Ladders with the sole purpose of finding high-end talent to fill open positions that pay well for it.

Think about that.

And yet many people think of resumes as personal bios, filled with job descriptions that could have come directly from a job description for that position – often covering many self-serving pages.

So what does that tell a potential employer about what you actually achieved in that role? And what you are offering your potential new employer? In effect, that’s what resume building is.

And with that said, here’s some of what we do to help you:

  • Create free information describing how to optimize resumes.
  • Provide a free online resume review that gives expert results in under 35 seconds.
  • Encourage the use of our free professionals’ resume template.

Because your resume is probably the very best example of what we call investing in advantage.

And above all, a good resume goes out there on your behalf and sells you.

So why sell yourself short?

We’re rooting for you.

Via Huffpost : Job seekers who make these common mistakes can be penalized by an applicant tracking system.

Before job seekers ever have a chance to get judged by a human hiring manager, their résumé may be screened out by a machine.

Applicant tracking systems, which are used to manage, sort and filter electronic job submissions, are popular with employers who handle large volumes of applicants. A 2018 analysis of job listings from online résumé service Jobscan found that 98 percent of Fortune 500 companies were using such a system.

If you apply online for employment and the URL of the job listing includes names like Taleo, Workday, SuccessFactors, iCIMS, BrassRing or ADP, you are applying through an applicant tracking system.

Like all human-run systems, these programs are not perfect. In a 2016 survey of 374 human resources professionals, 62 percent admitted that some qualified candidates are likely being filtered out by the software.

Sometimes these errors are not predictable ― at least not to the job applicant. Patrick Foss of ThinkTalent Human Capital Partners, who advises clients on applicant tracking systems and other talent technologies, pointed to one such example: when the person setting the parameters for a job marks a filter for having a bachelor’s degree, but fails to mark any degree above that which would also be acceptable.

But you can prepare for other kinds of hiccups with applicant tracking systems. Here are three key ways to format your résumé so that the tracking program won’t reject you for no good reason.

1. Don’t put information in the header and footer.

Putting your contact information in the header or footer of your résumé may seem like an eye-catching way to grab a recruiter’s attention, but it is also a bad idea when facing an applicant tracking system, according to the experts.

“That is so dangerous,” said Gala Jackson, a certified career and executive leadership coach. “Putting information in the header or footer of your document actually can cause some errors in applicant tracking systems. If you’ve ever gotten one of those immediate ‘Thanks, but no thanks’ emails, it’s probably something to do with the formatting.”

The problem is that software may not read information correctly or at all if it appears in those top and bottom margins.

“Put your name and address at the top of the page right below where the header would fall, because otherwise you will never be able to get contacted because the software can’t read it,” said Virginia Franco, a nationally certified résumé writer.

“Résumé parsers are looking for fielded information,” Foss said. “It shouldn’t matter, but if you’re putting it in the header or footer, it may not pick that up accurately.”

To format a résumé for an applicant tracking system, don’t put information in the header like this.

Instead, put that information directly below the header.

2. Don’t get creative with columns and graphics.

There are many creative résumé templates out there, but Ashley Watkins, a nationally certified résumé writer, warned that graphics, tables and excessive columns can be hard for an applicant tracking system to parse.

“That graphic is only for the human reader,” she said. “You can do that if you know that your résumé is being delivered directly to a person.”

Watkins suggested one trick that job applicants can try to ensure their résumé is software-friendly: Save it as a .txt unformatted document and then look at it.

“If they can read it in that and all the information is there, nothing is deleted, then your résumé more than likely can be read by the [applicant tracking system],” she said.

3. Align your résumé keywords with the job description.

Read through the job description and make sure the keywords used for the activities, titles and tools associated with the position are reflected in your own résumé, said Alison Daley, the founder of a tech recruitment training platform called Recruiting Innovation.

Do not despair if your professional background is not the absolute ideal for that job.

“If they call the role a UX designer and you don’t have a UX designer title yet, then what you could do [is] focus on the other keywords in terms of your experience,” Daley said.

Or if you lack the bachelor’s degree noted in the job listing, you can still help your chances by putting down your relevant coursework, experts advise.

How you format your employment history is also key, Franco said. The applicant tracking software may not make certain leaps that are obvious to the human mind. So if you held multiple roles with a single employer, Franco advised listing that company with each role. Otherwise, she said, “you run the risk that it can’t score it as associated with that company.”

Making your résumé easy to understand for an applicant tracking system is one small step to making the process of finding a job run a little smoother.

Of course, another way to avoid the hassles of applicant tracking systems is to get your résumé directly in the hands of a hiring manager. Knowing someone at the company can get you ahead of the pack, as referred candidates are twice as likely to be hired as other candidates applying through job boards, a 2014 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found.

“My biggest advice for all of this is try and bypass screening whenever possible,” Franco said. Look to your networks and reach out directly. “And then it doesn’t matter if you score amazing or horrible, because you’ve got someone who is willing to pick you out of the pile and get it in front of the right people.”

Via Business Tech : This is what the perfect CV looks like in 2019

Jobs website, Glassdoor, has released a new report looking at the perfect CV.

The CV is based on collected advice provided by recruitment experts and has been collated into a handy infographic to give you an easy-to-follow outline for a resume.

You can find a detailed explanation of each point below.

1. Design Matters: Don’t go overboard with intricately decorated templates. Look for sufficient white space, margins of at least .7 inches (approximately 1.7 centimetres), and a font size no smaller than 11 pt.

2. Be Reachable: Make it easy for recruiters to reach out to you by providing your contact info near the header.

3. Show Off Your Skills: Don’t make recruiters hunt for the most critical information on your resume – include a table of your key soft and hard skill sets up top. Make sure your highlighted skills show why you’re a good fit for the job — all the better if these are keywords from the job description.

4. List Your Experience: This section should include each company you’ve worked for, your title, the dates you worked there, and several bullet points that describe your key accomplishments and responsibilities.

5. Quantify Your Experience: Whenever you can use concrete data points — it helps provide recruiters with the scope and context of your work and demonstrates how you contributed to the bottom line.

6. Include Other Positions: Don’t be afraid to include positions that aren’t directly related to the one you’re applying for, especially if you have limited work experience. You can still use it to demonstrate the skills and qualities you want to be highlighted.

7. Get the Grade: Many jobs require degrees or certifications, so make sure to list yours. GPA (school grades) are optional but may be worth including if you’ve graduated recently with high marks.

8. The Extra Stuff: Add some colour to your resume with a short catch-all ‘Additional Experience’ section at the end. Include clubs/organizations, volunteer experience, awards you’ve won, and even interesting hobbies or activities.

9. Keep It Concise: Limit your resume to 1-2 pages at the most.

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