Disrupt Your Resume Beyond LinkedIn’s Borders


By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

As happens in the circle of forward thinkers and futurists, predicting the next trend is inevitable. In the careers environment, many experts feel that LinkedIn is surpassing the resume in value, and in some cases, replacing it altogether.

This likely will never happen. For one thing, the groundwork to create a career story  “foundation” is always going to require much digging, unearthing and investigating before the first line is actually etched onto the page or the screen. Where people get distracted is that they think it’s about the form of the career story (or, actually, what you “call it”; i.e., resume, LinkedIn profile, Career Story, Career Portfolio) versus the actual function.

A resume’s function is to tell a career story that grabs the reader’s (hiring decision maker’s) attention, and whether you do that through a Microsoft Word document or by publishing on LinkedIn, the foundational elements of creating a rich, deep, nuanced message are the same. And cutting through them to shortcut the process inevitably short-circuits an effective job search.

With that, the debate around LinkedIn’s eventual replacement of the resume rages on. Here are five predictions on LinkedIn and the future of the resume.

1. It’s too public.

Despite certain privacy settings, you are publicly broadcasting your resume when you publish to LinkedIn. Where you might be comfortable listing specific revenue and profit gains on a resume, you may hesitate to be as explicit on your LinkedIn profile. Company colleagues or executives may frown upon this because publishing such information could disclose competitive marketplace information. It is becoming a widely understood fact that company agents are researching LinkedIn profiles of their competitors to build marketplace advantage with products and services.

As well, while your resume may employ highly charged language such as “revenues languished” or “profits tumbled” or indications that you “took over a dispirited team” or “transformed a system wrought with inefficiencies, inaccuracies and missed deadlines,” you may tread waters a little more lightly on LinkedIn. You should avoid publicly offending or otherwise throwing a prior manager, employee or leadership team “under the bus.” With a resume, you have control over who you share it with, so you can choose when to be more bold and specific in your claims, without recourse.

To read the rest of the five predictions, please visit the full post at Glassdoor: 5 Predictions on the Future of the Resume. (more…)

Trumpet Your Value With a Resume That Sings!

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

In my recent article over on LinkedIn’s new publishing platform, I trumpeted my favorite topic, resumes!

Unfortunately a vast sea of resumes wash ashore because of their lifeless content.

It doesn’t have to be this way. If you are willing to step outside the dulling requirements that many career reporters espouse, you will liberate yourself to compose a resume melody that is harmonic–blending professional pragmatism with eloquent and lyrical notes that transport the reader.

My article describes six key steps you can take today to create a resume that lands interview and sets you on the path to your next great career! Among those steps:
1. Find a Quiet Space.
2. Research Your Audience.
3. Begin Brain Dump of Career Challenges.
4. Vivify Your Details.
5. Differentiate Yourself.
6. Take Flight.

Read the full article including the specific, roll-up-your intellectual and creative sleeves action you can take to achieve your goals by visiting: “Take Flight With a Business Lyrical Resume.”

[Hat tip to Mary McKerihan Wilson for inspiring the title, above!]


How to Strip Your Resume of Kitsch



By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

In Jessica Ann Media’s recent article, “How to Avoid Kitsch in Your Content,” one of the ways she defined the word,” kitsch,” was “content that lacks context.” She also continued by describing how “content (can become) clutter,” an untidy mess if not curated properly.

In your career, creating a resume is akin to content creation. You must undergo a process of sorting through vast amounts of content from the Web of your career, and then present it in a meaningful, organized and impactful way.

Based on the article’s apt description, the following tips will help to ensure your resume is cleansed of all kitsch. Displayed below are examples of the before (kitschy resume content) followed by their after, cleaned-up, more meaningful counterparts.

1. Headline. A good resume headline should not only clarify the type of role you will fill in a robust, sharp manner, but it should also speak to the bottom-line needs of your organization. Headlines can—and often should be—stacked, layered with the right, targeted words and phrasing.

Before (Kitschy):

Data Analysis Professional Seeking Advancement Within a Progressive, Growing Company

After (Focused and Meaningful):

Business and Systems Analysis | Project Management

Unravel complex problems and weave intricate solutions enriched by analysis, testing and quality assurance. As a result, deliver products for operational, enterprise success, saving time and money and most recently, helping add $120K in profit to the organization’s bottom line.

For the rest of this post, please visit, 3 Ways to Clean Up Your Resume.

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