Keep your resume up to date with the changing times
The art of resume writing has changed rapidly along with new innovations in technology and the way information is presented and shared. These days, your resume is one piece of a larger picture that you are presenting to potential employers.
For the basics of resume-writing, try our article 10 Steps to a Strong Resume. After getting the basics down, take some time to consider some of the new trends that are beginning to reshape the way resumes are handled.
Tip 1. Use LinkedIn and social media to complement your resume
Having a strong, professional LinkedIn profile is an important element to support your resume. If an employer is interested in your resume, the first step will be to look you up on LinkedIn to find out more about you. LinkedIn allows you to paint a more in-depth picture of yourself and your professional experiences. Use these tips to improve your LinkedIn profile.
Social media isn’t as important as LinkedIn when it comes to your resume, but it can help if you have a Twitter account that is focused on professional topics. You may want to forward tweets about your career field or post interesting comments or thoughts about what’s new in your field.
This is also a good time to clean up any social media activity that could impact you negatively. Try these tips for cleaning up your social media profiles on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and more.
Tip 2. Emphasize your soft skills
Most resumes are focused only on the hard skills you have—your clinical career-oriented skills that qualify you for the job. However, more and more, employers are also interested in your soft skills. They want to know you have the work ethic, the reliability, and the people skills to fit in with the team. Your soft skills shouldn’t have a separate section in your resume, but they can be woven into your description of your professional experience.
Tip 3. Maximize your summary statement
Objective statements used to be just a simple statement about your desire to work in your field. These days, people are using “summary statements” instead of objectives. These statements are similar to a mission statement. They should show the employer what benefits they would get from hiring you. For example: “Practical Nurse dedicated to providing efficient, humanistic, high-quality, and compassionate care to nursing home residents.”
Tip 4. Weave keywords into your resume
Online resume submission is still a growing trend. Once you submit your resume online, an applicant tracking systems will use certain algorithms to filter out which resumes make it into the hands of the hiring managers. While there is no secret recipe, it helps to use keywords that match the terminology used in the job posting. To find the keywords, re-read the job posting and figure out which skill-related, career-related terms are being used. These are the words you should weave into your resume.
Tip 5. Show your tech competencies
Nearly every job requires some comfort level with computers and technology. Employers want to know that you aren’t afraid of the technology that is used in your field. Make sure to emphasize your competency level in the key software programs that are used in your field.
Tip 6. Show community involvement
Many employers like to know their employees are well-rounded individuals who are part of their communities. If you do any volunteer work or community work, be sure to include it on your resume. And if you don’t, maybe you can find the time to start! It’s an added bonus if the volunteer work is related to your career field.
With these trends in mind, we hope you are able to enhance your resume and make it more attractive to employers where you are applying. Best of luck on your job search!
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