JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Executives seeking new jobs will need a new resume that takes into account changes in job search strategies.
"I believe 2018 is going to be a year of clarity and vision for professionals as they seek to define their career paths and take steps to advance their careers," said Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, the award-winning CEO of Great Resumes Fast, based in Jacksonville. "The resume writing tips I've offered this year veer off the beaten path of the everyday run-of-the-mill resume tips you typically see."
Great Resumes Fast's Resume Writing Tips for Professionals for 2018:
Consider What Defines You: Without a vision for your career path, it's hard to plan the steps you'll need to get there. If you need clarity, start by asking yourself some soul-searching questions:
- What vision do you have for your career over the next 1, 3, 5, or 10 years?
- Which values are driving your goals?
- What's your purpose?
- What are you passionate about?
- Why do you do what you do?
Cut the Fluffy Sales Talk: Be real—and be yourself. When you write your resume, be authentic. When we write resumes for our clients, part of the process is listening carefully to our clients and the words that they use so that when we write their resumes we're using their own words, personality, and voice. You want your resume to be a reflection of yourself—and not a canned template.
Stay Away From Templates: Templates and fluffy sales talk, clichéd phrases, and overused terms are glanced over when employers screen resumes. It's actually a waste of space. Resumes are meant to be a genuine reflection of who YOU are—not some random person on the Internet.
No one likes to be sold something: Think about the last time you went to a car lot. You knew they were going to try and sell you something — and it automatically put you on the defensive, right? Employers are the same way. It's always better to err on the side of sincerity. A practical way to cut the sales talk and fluff is to remove adjectives. Especially multiple adjectives in a row. Replace adjectives with accomplishments. Your accomplishments are unique to you—and compelling to employers.
Prove Yourself: Part of being authentic in representing your brand and telling your story is proving and validating who you are and your accomplishments on your resume. You can validate your personal brand by writing about your accomplishments with tangible results. Numbers are very persuasive. "Sometimes I have clients who think they simply don't have any numbers, maybe because they were not in a sales role or a position that affected the company's bottom line. We all have quantifiable accomplishments—you just have to know where to look," she said. Here's an article she wrote to help you do that: Using Metrics in a Resume When You Have None.
Modern Design, Stunning Visuals, Gripping Graphics: We are a visually driven society. Graphics, visuals, and resume design affect your resume's impact. They can also support your personal brand and communicate vital information. Avoid seeking out templates online. It's worth the investment to find a resume writer who can create a modern resume design, stunning visuals, and captivating graphics that support your brand, share your accomplishments, and draw the employer in.
Need More Help?
If you're struggling to write your resume, not seeing the results you want from your current resume, or haven't needed a resume before and you'd like help, you can find more resume writing articles or request support for a resume writer at Great Resumes Fast.
Connect with Jessica Holbrook Hernandez on LinkedIn to read more tips on resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and job searches.
"I'm passionate about helping career professionals who don't have the time, experience, or expertise to create interview-worthy resumes," she said.
About Jessica Holbrook Hernandez
Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is President and CEO of Great Resumes Fast, a top-rated, award-winning executive resume writing service for executives. A Certified Social Branding Analyst, executive resume writer, and former recruiter for Fortune 500 companies, Jessica and her team create expertly-targeted executive resumes and LinkedIn profiles for busy executives.
Jessica has been quoted hundreds of times in major media outlets: The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Fast Company, and many others.
Great Resumes Fast has received nearly a dozen awards for excellence, including five consecutive honors for Best Executive Resume Writing Service.
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