What makes for a great resume these days?
When I last used a paper curriculum vitae, as they call it overseas, the thinking was “one page is plenty.” And then, years later, I heard others tell me that you need three pages. Later still, I was told that to write a resume at all was silly and that you needed to shoot a video resume. (And yes, I know I should have an accent mark over that e, but we both know what I mean, so shhhh.)
How to Get Hired to do the Work You Want to Do
First, from the very start, realize this single fatal flaw that’s keeping you from getting further in your efforts: you think your resume is about you. It’s not. The person looking to work with you is asking quite loudly: “who out there can help me solve this challenge I’m facing?” This is where everyone goes awry.
Instead, most people’s resume is a hurried single-breath effort to tell the person EVERYTHING YOU KNOW AT ALL EVER SINCE YOUR BIRTH THAT MIGHT POSSIBLY BE IMPRESSIVE.
Recipe for the Perfect Resume
- Right below your name and contact information, write out a single line sentence that tells people what you best know how to do to solve their problem.
- Right after that, write a quick paragraph that shows you understand the challenges someone is thinking of hiring you to solve.
- After that, a bulleted list of some of what you know how to do, but explained from the perspective of how it’ll help them.
- After that, a few pointers to things that should make the person think, “Well, that’s pretty impressive.” A few. Not a million.
- After that, ways to connect with you, and recommended next steps.
- Should you have a brief video to accompany this? Yes.
- Should this be posted on a website, LinkedIn, Monster, your Blog? Yes/yes/yes/yes/+
- Should you write blog posts talking about your best ideas? Yes. (To keep your ideas to yourself is like keeping your test blank so as not to show off your skills to the teacher).
- Should you send this everywhere to anyone who’s ever hired in the history of the universe? No. Not at all. Be selective. Be targeted.
- Should you send a cover letter? Yes. Better still, a phone call. Worst ever? A blind cold call with no previous connection.
And that’s what comes to mind for me. What about you?
And did you notice something? I didn’t say to find a job. You, the Owner, should use the same methods.