Best In Class Resumes https://bestclassresumes.com Fully Branded Resumes and Career Services for Executives, Managers, Mid-Career and Tech Professionals Tue, 28 Jan 2020 02:56:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Graphic Resumes: The Wave of the Future https://bestclassresumes.com/graphic-resumes-the-wave-of-the-future-2?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=graphic-resumes-the-wave-of-the-future-2 Sun, 26 Jan 2020 01:49:58 +0000 https://bestclassresumes.com/?p=4177 Graphic Design Resumes-the Wave of the Future Still using plain old black-and-white resumes for your job search? Buying the hype that Applicant...

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Graphic Design Resumes-the Wave of the Future

Still using plain old black-and-white resumes for your job search? Buying the hype that Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) just can’t handle the new, state-of-the art design elements?

Think again!

8 Reasons you should Switch from Simple Black and White to Graphic Design Resumes

  1. Recruiters increasingly want to see them. Gen Z recruiters, taking over for Baby Boomers and used to seeing graphics, icons, and photos as we move deeper into the digital age, are increasingly likely to ONLY want to see stylishly created resumes as opposed to their boring black and white counterparts. In a recent study conducted with over 100 recruiters, Gen Z folks said they NEVER wanted to view black and white resumes, only ones with color and style. Imagine the possibilities!
  2. They’re attention grabbers. Because they are visually appealing, graphic resumes will catch the eye of the hiring manager. At the same time, design elements draw attention to important data you want the hiring manager to see, such as sales numbers, cost savings, awards and so on.
  3. They’re Fine with ATS: Oh I hear it: But they’ll interfere with ATS. No, they won’t. With just a few simple formatting tricks the graphic elements will be invisible to the ATS, leaving the important text parsed by the ATS and the design elements seen only by human eyes-a WIN-WIN!
  4. Recruiters usually see the original resume: In the recruiter study mentioned above, virtually all recruiters said they see the original resume. This challenges the common belief that recruiters are going to see only the ATS-parsed version of the resume and bodes well for the presentation of graphically enhanced resumes.
  5. Recruiters are less likely to print resumes nowadays: This is important because one of the reasons for not creating graphic design resumes was that they would eat up lots of printer ink. Since modern recruiters are more likely to view resumes on a screen than to print them, graphic design resumes get a boost!
  6. Fights ageism: if you’re worried about age discrimination, presenting a stodgy 1980’s-style resume won’t help. But presenting a nice, graphically enhanced resume will! You’ll position yourself as savvy, cool, innovative and keeping up with the times.
  7. They Show You’re Tech Savvy: Like #6, you’ll position yourself as “tech savvy” and innovative, not small enhancements for a job candidate to have. Recruiters love to see that a candidate is on the cutting edge of technology, willing to try new things, and eager to go the “extra mile” to present themselves in the best possible light.
  8. Present important data quicker: In keeping with the all-important 5-10 second rule-hiring managers are going to be skimming a sea of resumes to see something that jumps out at them. Make an impression with an attractive chart or graph highlighting important metrics.

 

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QR Codes: The Cool Way to get a Hiring Manager’s Attention https://bestclassresumes.com/qr-codes-the-cool-way-to-get-a-hiring-managers-attention?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=qr-codes-the-cool-way-to-get-a-hiring-managers-attention Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:37:01 +0000 https://bestclassresumes.com/?p=4105 An excellent addition to Technology, Sales, Marketing, Executive, and, well, really ANY type of resume, QR codes are all the rage. An...

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An excellent addition to Technology, Sales, Marketing, Executive, and, well, really ANY type of resume, QR codes are all the rage. An exception might be for more conservative professions such as legal, financial, medical, and so on.

Some of my Senior Tech Executive clients who review resumes themselves have said that when they see a resume with a QR code on it, they are immediately drawn to that resume and candidate and want to know more!

When searching for a job, you want all tools at your disposal and nothing left to chance. If you can easily stand out with something as simple as a QR code, why not go for it?

I strategically place QR codes on resumes and add the content. There are several benefits to having a QR code:

  1. A QR code gives the hiring manager a chance to simply scan your resume with their phone to look you up on LinkedIn, to call you, to text you, to email you, etc. It saves them time and provides you with your own little “web portal.” This is why it’s extra cool.
  2. It positions you as extra “tech-savvy,” not a small enhancement for a tech professional to have.
  3. QR codes look attractive and eye-catching on a resume-I usually include the code itself and a link to the code so that the content can be accessed without a phone as well as from Electronic resumes and cover letters.

Note some examples of resume QR codes in action. See how they spice up the page?

For an example of a website that contains a QR code generator, go to www.vizibility.com.

As a bonus, just click the QR code on top and see this great tool in action!

Include a QR code on YOUR resume, and wait for the calls to come in!

 

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Soft Skills are Key for IT Resumes https://bestclassresumes.com/soft-skills-are-key-for-it-resumes?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=soft-skills-are-key-for-it-resumes Tue, 29 Oct 2019 01:09:30 +0000 https://bestclassresumes.com/?p=4128 IT job candidates are well aware of the need for cutting-edge technical skills when seeking employment, but did you know that employers...

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IT job candidates are well aware of the need for cutting-edge technical skills when seeking employment, but did you know that employers are just as concerned about IT professionals having so-called “soft skills” such as great interpersonal skills, collaboration, and teamwork? And so soft skills are key for IT resumes.

This makes sense, of course. Technologists must often work in large teams on complex projects. Communication is key to being able to bring in a project on time and with minimal stress. So is being able to explain technical terms to a non-technical audience, such as bosses, business departments and outside stakeholders.

According to Burning Glass Technologies Job Market Analytics Company, the following skills are essential, presented in order of importance:

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Teamwork / Collaboration
  3. Problem-Solving
  4. Troubleshooting
  5. Planning
  6. Writing
  7. Research
  8. Creativity
  9. Detail-Orientation

Next to communication and teamwork, problem-solving, or the ability to navigate challenges successfully, was highly valued. In fact, according to HackerRank’s 2018 Skills Report, problem-solving was rated by 94.9% of employers and recruiters as a highly valued skill, well ahead of Programming Language proficiency (56.6%) debugging (47.1 %), and system design (40.3 %).

Troubleshooting, similar to problem-solving, is another “soft skill” high on the list. For many IT positions, a good sense of how to work through problems is essential, which is why so many job postings ask for it.

Since soft skills are key for IT resumes, make sure these skills appear there. And the next time you go on a job interview, do be prepared to discuss your technical qualifications, along with examples from previous projects. But also be ready for the interviewer to test your grasp of soft skills. Make sure you can recite examples of moments when you used your communication, teamwork, problem solving and other soft skill abilities to take a project to the finish line. It will only help you land the job.

 

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How to Write an IT Resume https://bestclassresumes.com/how-to-write-an-it-resume?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-write-an-it-resume Fri, 18 Oct 2019 22:28:56 +0000 https://bestclassresumes.com/?p=4068 How to Write an IT Resume IT resumes can be challenging. The rules are a bit different. Unlike Sales, Marketing, Finance, or...

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How to Write an IT Resume

IT resumes can be challenging. The rules are a bit different. Unlike Sales, Marketing, Finance, or many other types of resumes for which revenue growth achievements are paramount, IT resumes focus more on projects and accomplishments. Think: what large-scale or high profile projects did I lead / work on? Did I bring them in on time and under budget? How did I improve cycle times, streamline or improve processes or operations, save time / money for employer, etc.). For tech executive resumes, of course, you will want to show actual revenue / cost savings accomplishments as well.

Heading & Summary Sections

As with all resumes, your heading / title section, subheadings and qualifications summary should be focused on your job target, your Unique Selling Proposition (USP) or what makes YOU better qualified than others seeking the same position, an overview of your accomplishments, professional credentials, and anything else you want the employer to see – FAST! After all, the hiring manager is only going to scan your resume for something about you that might warrant further consideration.

Technical Skills Section

Since technical skills are so important for IT positions, one of the sections you need to include that sets IT resumes apart is the Technical Proficiencies table (or Technical Snapshot, or anything else you want to call this section). Here, your best bet is to separate technologies into categories, for instance:

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Certifications: Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE); Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Platforms / OS: Windows (All); Linux, UNIX; iOS; Android

Programming Languages: C / C++; Java; Python, Ruby; SQL

Software / Tools: SAP ERP; Hybris; VMware; Erwin Data Modeler; Eclipse IDE; Jira

Hardware / Devices: Cisco Switching / Routing; NetScaler; NetApp; Dell Servers

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As to table placement, the rule of thumb is that the higher level the candidate (ex. Tech Executive / CIO) the lower down the resume the technical proficiencies table should go, the idea being that since an Executive is running the show, they will not be performing the hands-on work that will require direct knowledge of the technical skills. Conversely, the more hands-on (ex. Software Engineer, Data Architect) the targeted job, the higher up it should be placed.

Also consider leaving older, outdated skills off the resume – they will not only date you, if they are obsolete or not needed for the targeted position they will be a waste of space and make you look disorganized in your presentation (kind of like including grade school education). You can include them, however, if knowledge of them can be applied to more current software and technologies.

Some think it necessary to mention your level of proficiency with each technical skill; I personally don’t do this and my tech clients do quite well, but this is also an option.

“Soft Skills”

Often overlooked by IT professionals is the presentation of “soft skills” on their resume, things like outstanding interpersonal skills, collaboration, teamwork, problem-solving and the like. After all, technologists often work in large teams on complex projects-their ability to collaborate and work well with others can go a long way in completing a project successfully and with minimal stress. Also of importance is the ability to navigate challenges effectively and to convey highly technical subjects to non-technical audiences. So hiring managers are going to be looking for these skills as well as instances of their successful application on your resume, make sure they find it!

Testimonials

On resumes, testimonials have a great impact on how you are perceived by a hiring manager, and IT resumes are no exception. These can be obtained from performance reviews, reference letters, LinkedIn recommendations and the like.

QR Codes

Another often overlooked way to spice up your IT resume is the QR code, or Mobile Business Card. Placing one of these on your resume offers several benefits:

1) It positions you as extra “tech-savvy” and on top of your game. 2) It provides the hiring manager an easy way to access your contact information.  3) It dresses up the resume and looks extra cool.

Font

Believe it or not, the font you use can go a long way in setting the tone you want. I like to use Verdana, a popular web font, for hands-on tech positions, such as Software Engineer – it just has that “techy” look. So don’t forget to adjust the font, it just might land you the job you want!

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QR Codes: The Cool Way to get a Hiring Manager’s Attention https://bestclassresumes.com/qr-codes-in-resumes?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=qr-codes-in-resumes Fri, 27 Sep 2019 06:47:37 +0000 https://bestclassresumes.com/?p=4053 An excellent addition to Technology, Sales, Marketing, Executive, and, well, really ANY type of resume, QR codes are all the rage. An...

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CMRW-e1569653564724 QR Codes: The Cool Way to get a Hiring Manager's Attention

An excellent addition to Technology, Sales, Marketing, Executive, and, well, really ANY type of resume, QR codes are all the rage. An exception might be for more conservative professions such as legal, financial, medical, and so on.

Some of my Senior Tech Executive clients who review resumes themselves have said that when they see a resume with a QR code on it, they are immediately drawn to that resume and candidate and want to know more!

When searching for a job, you want all tools at your disposal and nothing left to chance. If you can easily stand out with something as simple as a QR code, why not go for it?

I strategically place QR codes on resumes and add the content. There are several benefits to having a QR code:

  1. A QR code gives the hiring manager a chance to simply scan your resume with their phone to look you up on LinkedIn, to call you, to text you, to email you, etc. It saves them time and provides you with your own little “web portal.” This is why it’s extra cool.
  2. It positions you as extra “tech-savvy,” not a small enhancement for a tech professional to have.
  3. QR codes look attractive and eye-catching on a resume-I usually include the code itself and a link to the code so that the content can be accessed without a phone as well as from Electronic resumes and cover letters.

Note some examples of resume QR codes in action. See how they spice up the page?

For an example of a website that contains a QR code generator, go to www.vizibility.com.

As a bonus, just click the QR code on top and see this great tool in action!

Include a QR code on YOUR resume, and wait for the calls to come in!

 

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Using LinkedIn to Attract Recruiters https://bestclassresumes.com/leveraging-linkedin-to-attract-recruiters?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=leveraging-linkedin-to-attract-recruiters Thu, 26 Sep 2019 05:19:53 +0000 https://bestclassresumes.com/?p=4035   Today we are going to talk about what recruiters find in their searches, and how to optimize your LinkedIn page so...

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Today we are going to talk about what recruiters find in their searches, and how to optimize your LinkedIn page so you will be found. Using LinkedIn to attract recruiters, my clients have received jobs from top companies like Google, Amazon and others.

First, the Statistics

More than 95% of recruiters these days use LinkedIn to find or vet candidates, more than all the other social media networks combined. If you’re not on LinkedIn (say it’s not so) or your profile is not optimized, you are losing valuable opportunities in the job search.

LinkedIn Recruiter

One of the first things to be aware of is a tool recruiters use called LinkedIn Recruiter. A typical page that comes up looks like this:

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Make Sure Recruiters Know you’re Open to New Opportunities

You’ll notice the section on the LinkedIn recruiter page that says “open to new opportunities” with a number. This corresponds to LinkedIn’s new Open Candidates feature. This is a great new tool that sits in your Dashboard so that only YOU can see it. It allows you to signal to recruiters that you are open to new opportunities, without letting your current employer know (though this is not foolproof).

So go to your Dashboard, which should be right below your Profile Summary (hopefully you have one of these!). Where it says “Let recruiters know you’re open” simply slide the button to “On.” You can then fill out some basic questions. Say what you do and what you are looking for. Also the different job titles you are pursuing (you can put in a TON of them to create a match). Next is your preferred job location(s), and so on.

According to LinkedIn, simply turning on your Open Candidates signal makes you twice as likely to receive relevant messages from recruiters. Recruiters then know you are much more likely to respond-a win-win for both of you!

When the search comes up, the snapshot available to the recruiter shows your

  • Current job, with dates
  • Most recent past job, with dates
  • Education (so make sure to include and optimize this!)
  • Whether you are Open to New Opportunities (hopefully you utilized this feature!)

Make Sure Recruiters Can Find You

Recruiters are more likely to find you if you use the job title for which you want to be found. For example you would use “Data Analyst” or “Senior Software Engineer,” in your headline when seeking these positions. You would also use it in your current job and in your most recent past experience. Here you should make good use of the Job Title section-use all 100 characters allotted.

Next we have keywords, another feature recruiters use to fine-tune candidates for open positions. Keywords make the biggest impact on LinkedIn search ranking when they appear in a profile headline or job title. So be sure to include as many skills as possible that support your targeted goal in your Profile Headline, in addition to the job title.

So for instance, instead of just saying Project Manager, you can say “Project Manager, ecommerce customer experience for checkout, cart, and post-order.”

 

 

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And you’ll never even know what happened!

1.      Saying you have 20+ years’ experience, especially at the top of your resume.

This one is not as obvious as it looks. You might think “Oh, I’ll dazzle them with how experienced I am! Wrong! We call this a “screen-out factor” because a hiring manager sees this and says, that’s nice but we want a younger candidate. You can say you have extensive experience or something similar, but never say 20+ years because it will date you. An exception would be for a very senior-level executive, such as CEO or President.

2.      Using templates.

If you use word processing software templates to create your resume, good luck! These templates are outdated, uninteresting, and will cause you to leave out or misplace important information that is necessary to get you noticed, especially in a pile of 500 resumes.

3.      Using an “Objective” statement.

The problem with resume “objectives” is that they are candidate-focused, that is, they tell the employer what YOU want out of a job. At the risk of sounding cynical, most employers don’t care what YOU want, they care what THEY want, and how you can help them achieve those goals.

4.      Not targeting the resume appropriately.

An effective resume speaks to the future, not the past. That is, you want to position your background and skill set toward the job (and company / industry) you are targeting, to show you are a good fit for that job and company culture.

5.      Showing short-term positions.

Short-term positions, if they are relevant, are better placed strategically at the end of the resume- with or without dates − check with someone experienced at placing this type of information. You want to give the impression that you have a solid work experience.

6.      Displaying irrelevant positions.

As is true for short-term positions, you should avoid showing positions that are not relevant to your target if you can’t show relevance by reworking translatable skills, then better to place these jobs in a separate section-again, strategically.

7.      Revealing gaps in work history / showing months in job dates.

Employers don’t want to see gaps in work history, whether you are currently unemployed or have gaps in past employment. There are simply too many ways to camouflage this and make ALL parts of your background work for you. As for displaying months in job descriptions, this is more likely to reveal gaps. Better to show just years. An exception would be for employment under a year, in which case, you guessed it-you should consider leaving it off or placing it at the end of the resume. Let someone with experience help to make sure you don’t miss valuable opportunities by sending out the wrong resume.

8.      Typographical Errors, Misspellings or Incorrect Grammar

Most people know that spelling mistakes and typos are taboo on a resume. The problem is that the word processing spell-check feature will only pick up a word that is misspelled, which allows for typographical errors and incorrect grammar. And the grammar-check feature is even worse-it will often identify correct usage as an error and even suggest changes that are incorrect. Therefore you always need to proofread your documents carefully as well as have a professional review your documents before sending them off to an employer.

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