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Get Off the Short List and Land that Job

What story does your résumé tell?

There is a lot of advice out there about writing a résumé. It’s a topic that everybody seems to have an opinion about. In fact, if you search “rules for writing an effective résumé,” you’ll receive over 46 million results, most of them claiming that by following their strategy, you will almost certainly get hired.

For instance, Expert #1 will tell you that you have to have an Objective Statement if you want to knock the socks off of prospective employers, but Expert #2 says it’s an outdated concept and will only take up precious space. Expert #3 thinks you should replace your Objective with a Summary Statement, and Expert #4 thinks all of this is codswallop and you don’t need either.

Thankfully, there were some rules that the experts could agree on; a seemingly standardized set of tips and tricks meant to elevate your résumé to the coveted status of “hire-able”:

  1. Tweak your formatting to make it easy to skim.
  2. Use powerful words such as Organized, Developed, Communicated, Resolved, Managed, etc…
  3. Customize your résumé to the job you’re applying to.
  4. Keep it to one page.

Are you bored yet? I certainly am.

 


 

When you face the facts, résumés are boring. Nobody likes reading them, to the point where most recruiters only spend an average of six seconds reviewing an individual résumé. They’re two-dimensional collections of facts; one-page documents that are meant to communicate the story of your professional experience via bulleted lists, strategic header placement, and the selective use of boldface type.

No matter how extraordinary you are, this is an incredibly dull means of telling a story.

A recruiter or a hiring manager isn’t reading your résumé to see if you’re qualified for the job, they’re scanning it for anything that’ll take you out of the running. Your résumé is there to disqualify you.

 

Résumés simply aren’t built to tell your full story. Unfortunately, ever since Leonardo Da Vinci crafted the first résumé 1482, it has become the primary document used in acquiring employment, because it’s a perfect tool for thinning the herd. A recruiter or a hiring manager isn’t reading your résumé to see if you’re qualified for the job, they’re scanning it for anything that’ll take you out of the running. Your résumé is there to disqualify you. This is why so much résumé-writing advice focuses on seemingly trivial aspects like font choice, formatting tweaks, and use of industry jargon, because these are the details that will send your résumé either to the trash, or to the hands of a decision-maker.

You need a résumé to get your foot in the door, but once you’ve made it to the short list and your shoe is firmly wedged in there, you’re still faced with the problem of differentiating yourself from the other candidates. While your résumé didn’t disqualify you, it’s probably not dissimilar from your competition’s, and if you all read the same advice, then that hiring manager is probably swimming in industry jargon and boldface type. What hiring managers really want is just an easy way to determine who will be the best fit for the position, so make their lives easier: give them actual evidence of what you can do by supplementing your résumé with a digital portfolio.

 

Check out the Pathbrite Gallery of Example Portfolios!

 


 

Digital portfolios provide a space where individuals can curate the narrative of their experience for a specific audience. Rather than be limited to the one-page, flat format, individuals can tell the story they want their audience to hear using multimedia artifacts from all areas of their life and actual examples of their professional work: Writers can add links to their blog and past publications; Chefs can display images of their food and recipes they’ve created; Makers can illuminate all stages of a project from inception to completion.

Your résumé may check the box, but your portfolio will tell the story you want them to hear.

Instead of depending on carefully articulated résumé jargon to get their message across, the digital format allows candidates to present proof of their skills and accomplishments using various forms of evidence. This can be especially helpful when candidates have limited work experience, such as somebody attempting to change careers or an individual who recently graduated from school, because they are able to clearly demonstrate practical and transferable skills that might not stand out on their résumé otherwise. Additionally, a digital portfolio does a much better job of revealing your personality than a résumé, so prospective employers who view your portfolio can get a picture of your values and passions, enabling them to better determine if you’d be a good fit for their company culture.

Supplementing your resume with a digital portfolio is the easiest, most effective way to not only check all the required boxes in your job search, but to also differentiate yourself and stand out. Don’t depend on résumé buzzwords and formatting tricks to get the attention of prospective employers. Your résumé may check the box, but your portfolio will tell the story you want them to hear.

 



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Article reposted from Medium

What Employers Look for In a Résumé

It can be tough for kids getting ready to graduate to differentiate themselves from all the other young people also preparing to enter the workforce. Which is why it's important to understand what hiring managers are looking for -- whether in an intern or a new hire. The most important thing to remember is that a hiring manager is looking at a LOT of résumés, which means they're only scanning a stack of applicants to see which ones immediately jump out form the crowd. It's why a Web portfolio can be so important in the application process. With a portfolio, you can pull together all the things a hiring manager is looking for -- all the evidence that goes beyond a standard-issue résumé that says "take a second look at me." Obviously, you're not going to do away with the traditional résumé, but if you really want to stand out from the crowd, you've got to present more than that to grab a hiring manager's attention.

So what are those other things? According to recent research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers are looking for a range of evidence that demonstrate how a new hire might fit and excel in any given opportunity. Such evidence includes:

 
 

If you're going to stand out from the crowd, you've got to show you have more than a standard-issue résumé. You've also got to show you've got what it takes to succeed. A portfolio can help.

Portfolio Spotlight: Tiffany Valdez & Gregory Rochford

Pathbrite Portfolios allow you to tell "your" story. We've all learned skills or developed talents that aren't easily presented while applying to jobs. The question remains, how do you get creative with displaying the entirety your skills? Is it with photos, videos, a website you've coded and styled, or perhaps a link to a marketing landing page you've curated content for? This week we're spotlighting two awesome portfolios that have done a great job of telling their stories, check them out!

Tiffany Valdez is a Visual Merchandiser who also does work in Event Production, and even finds time to design her own accessories. Tiffany finds Pathbrite Portfolios useful as a visual tool that aggregates evidence of her skills when applying to jobs. She is able to showcase her actual displays she's created and showcase them visually to potential employers. Looks great Tiffany, what a great way to show off your creative talents. We can't wait to see you designing next fall's hottest looks!

Gregory Rochford is involved in the music industry and is interested in project management. While pursing his aspirations in project management, Greg has found Pathbrite Portfolios as a great tool to showcase his achievements in ways that go beyond words. He finds that the artifacts provide him with more credibility of his abilities as well. Not only does Greg pass on the link to employees along with his resume, but he also redirects his home page to his portfolio to maximize his exposure. With examples of his marketing and digital media experience paired with Greg's arsenal of hard skills in software programs we have no doubt that he's going to find the perfect project management job.  And, we can't wait to hear about it!

What great examples, now it's time for you to start getting your

Pathbrite Portfolio

together. Until next week!

Portfolio Spotlight: Carmel Tajonera & Daniel Maat

At Pathrbite, our mission is to help individuals showcase all of their amazing talents, abilities and passions.  It's important for us to share the best tips and practices for creating portfolios.  However, we're not only here to help you create portfolios but provide advice on what to do with them after the fact.  How should you get feedback from mentors and friends?  How do you use then to land an internship?  When should you present them in the interview process for your dream job? These are all great questions, so this week I've decided to spotlight two, that's right TWO, amazing portfolios for you:

Carmel Tajonera is a 2012 graduate from Trinity University in Texas. Carmel studied business administration and communications  and was looking for a portfolio tool that would allow her to showcase her diverse set of skills and interests as a social marketer. She recently came across Pathbrite and fell in love with it. As she began her post-college job search she has added a link to her portfolio on her resume and LinkedIn profile. Carmel has also found it useful to submit a link to her portfolio when employers ask for evidence of a personal website or blog. Her portfolio highlights her academic achievements but also does a great job of showcasing her personality and passion for cooking. Carmel is awesome and we look forward to hearing great things about her first job!

Traditional portfolios have been around for decades. The creative community has used them for years to display photographs, print work, and other types of visual art. Daniel Maat is a graphic designer who's using Pathbrite to showcase his digital media and design skills. I personally love Daniel's portfolio and was really impressed with how visually stimulating it was. Using Pathbrite, he's able to present clients with samples of digital and print designs, social media marketing campaigns and video promotions. He's also shared his portfolio with his social networks which will help him increase his referral work.

These are just two of the many portfolios we'll be highlighting every Monday.  Be sure to check back next week for more tips and examples.

Portfolio Spotlight: Megan Eilers

Our users have been sharing their portfolios with teachers, employers and even their own personal social media networks from the very first day we launched the publish feature.  We've been amazed by the diversity of the portfolios being created: Students, Doctors, HR Associates, Marketers, Professors and even a former US Ambassador!  So, it's with great pleasure I introduce you to the first of many Portfolio Spotlight's that we hope help you find inspiration and insight into the amazing ways you can use your Pathbrite portfolio.

Megan Eilers - Blog

We love Megan's portfolio.  Not only because she's a recent grad who showcases her work history, social media profile and her love for travel and adventure, but because she's all about helping her community learn about cool new stuff.  And yes, that includes Pathbrite!  She blogged about Pathbrite for her friends and colleagues after reading about us in Mashable:

"Now, I am not a graphic designer / artist / video guru, so I always assumed portfolios in the traditional sense were not really necessary for someone with my skill set / career goals.  But then I read this article about Pathbrite.  And wow, were my socks knocked off."

To see more click Megan's name to read her blog post in it's entirety and click the image above to view her portfolio.  We'd like to send a special congratulations to Megan on her new job and look forward to seeing more portfolios in the near future!