Death to the Resume in Light of "Update Your Resume" Month

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Technology is molding the resume into a new form. What will the resume look like in 5 years? Will you even need one? Resumes increasingly take a backseat, making room for new online tools such as professional online portfolios and networking groups.

The resume as we know it will change and be gradually replaced by a better widget. Technology continues to mold old into new. What will replace the resume? Oh, there will still be a resume, of sorts, but it will take new form.

Embrace the power your resume still holds. During a recent interview with Teena Rose of Resume to Referral, those within the trenches during Update Your Resume month also agree. "Online job-search portfolios, MySpace, and even sites like CraigsList, are getting a surprising amount of job-related exposure and drawing job leads, interviews, and subsequent positions. Resumes are still in high use, and rightfully so. But, jobseekers need to understand that it is being complemented by an increasing number of promising job-search tools and channels. It's a terrific time for jobseekers to try something new."

Web 2.0 is transitioning our online experience, all the while laying varying roads for jobseekers as well. An interactive online experience is growing, and becoming the preference by Internet surfers. Hiring companies are recognizing the power of interactive candidate research and hiring, and jobseekers need to take notice when transitioning their resumes for today's hiring market.

"When updating your resume, think about keywords and key phrases, for example," says Teena. Basic updating to a resume is no longer advisable since jobseekers need to look at the big picture of where resume content will subsequently be listed. Going beyond old techniques, you're increasing chances for interviews … bottom line. Here are Teena's tips to get the most benefit when updating your resume this month:

1. Write the resume using relevant keywords to help both online and off. Failing to do so is limiting your chances for interviews, plain and simple.
2. Use an intro statement that can double as a bio for online networking portals (usually one paragraph). Use bits and pieces of your resume within other forums, not just your introduction. It's about saving time and energy for other efforts.
3. Update your resume often throughout the year. Like grocery shoppers, companies want fresh meat not what's been sitting in the showcase beyond expiration date. Unlike expired meat, jobseekers can repackage themselves. Take advantage of that.

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Teena Rose, President of Resume to Referral, is an executive resume writer, personal branding specialist, interview trainer, and careerist. Visit Resume to Referral to read articles and learn more ways you can improve your resume, speed your job search, survive downsizing, improve negotiation skills, and more.

Established in 1999, Resume to Referral has helped thousands of individuals launch, advance and switch careers. The company offers tiered resume packages including comprehensive resume development from scratch to resume revamp services.

Teena Rose
Resume to Referral
1824 Rebert Pike
Springfield, OH 45506


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