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21st Century Advice for Jobseekers


Robby

There’s tons of résumé advice on the Internet. It’s mostly “do this” and “don’t do that.” It’s lots of fighting about whether your résumé should be chronological or skill-based. It’s disagreements over whether you should open with an OBJECTIVE or a SUMMARY.

This isn’t bad advice, but most of these suggestions would have been relevant ten or twenty years ago.

Here’s what’s most important: you want to be a little creative, but generally speaking the more distinctive and creative your résumé, the fewer firms will be interested in you—-but the greater those opportunities will be.

I made an unscientific graph to explain this:

Job Opportunity Chart

Anybody can have a chronological or skill-based résumé in Times New Roman printed on white paper with their name JOHNATHAN ANSON SMITH in all caps at the top (even though people call them “Johnny”.) Almost any company will consider you if you have this kind of résumé.

But not many people are willing to have an unusual, multi-column layout, to include graphs or figures, to have a headshot on their résumé, or to make use of color. Lots of firms are way too conservative to consider something like that. But those that will aren’t bound by convention, and if you want to pursue something exciting, that’s a résumé worth considering.

So yes, you can get yourself into the “yellow” section by following advice columns like this one. Go for it.

Do You Want A Great Job?

You’re probably not going to get a great job by playing it safe. A colleague of mine just got the perfect job. She found it through networking. She didn’t go on a job interview, she had coffee with someone informally who was in a hiring role. He was impressed with her and sent her an offer. None of these things are traditional. Nowhere did she do boring things like put together a traditional, chronological CV.

Risk and reward are linked. If you want something great, take big risks. If you need a job right now that’s the worst thing you can do.

Decide how interesting you want to be, and structure your job search accordingly.

And as always, good luck!

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About the Blogger: Robby Slaughter is a productivity speaker and expert. He is a principal with a AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm.

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