VisualCV.com and Career Experts Give Top 5 New Year's Resolutions During a Recession

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Online resume company VisialCV.com asked career experts to share their top tips for resumes in 2009. Every day more people are laid off and need to create a resume. Some aren't ready but with this advice, professionals can take a fresh approach to their job search.

With the recession hitting and more people looking for employment, 2009 marks a new opportunity. It's a chance for professionals to move beyond the negative employment headlines and resolve to take a fresh look at their job search strategies

VisualCV.com, an online resume company, has released top 5 resolutions for professionals who want to fortify their career in a recession.

"With the recession hitting and more people looking for employment, 2009 marks a new opportunity. It's a chance for professionals to move beyond the negative employment headlines and resolve to take a fresh look at their job search strategies," said Jeff Hunter, CEO of VisualCV, Inc. In addition to these tips, VisualCV's web site has is an [online resume sample for different types of professional resumes.

Here's what the experts recommend for standing out and managing your career in 2009:

1.     Use 'Show and Tell' to Sell Your Value," advises Louise Kursmark, Master Resume Writer and President of Best Impression Career Services, Inc.

Remember "show and tell" from kindergarten? Even at age 5, you knew how much more interesting and impressive it was to use a visual aid rather than simply talking about your favorite things. The same is true for your resume. You can "tell" what you've done, and back it up with numbers and statistics. But why not pump up the power by showing as well as telling? "Adding visual features to your resume lets reviewers instantly see, understand, and appreciate what you've done. Using VisualCV's online resume builder you can add a graph, chart, table, audio file, photograph, or map to your resume."

2.    Develop Accomplishment Stories, recommends Ford Myers, President, Career Potential, LLC

Prepare detailed accounts of your achievements to have as a ready-reference. Tell stories about your work-related accomplishments. Focus on value you've created, examples of your initiative, or special recognition or praise.

Tell each story, starting with a short title, and answering the following five questions: What was the problem, need or challenge? What did you do about it? (Not the team or department - YOU). How did you do it, specifically? What positive, tangible results did you produce? (Quantify if possible) What skills did you demonstrate? Enhance your resume, VisualCV, and cover letters to showcase your successes and transferrable skills to potential employers.    

3.    Become Sought After, suggests career expert Lori Davila, at http://www.loridavila.com

"Make the decision right now to be known as a top professional in your industry. Present yourself in a way so potential employers see you as someone who is in high demand, innovative, trendy, and not afraid of taking risks. Do this by creating an attention-grabbing resume and showcasing real work examples such as papers, presentations, testimonials and videos."

4.    Build Your Personal Brand Online, says Meg Guiseppi, CEO, Personal Brand Strategist and President of Executive Resume Branding (http://www.executiveresumebranding.com/blog)

"Recruiters and hiring decision makers search online for top-level executive candidates. Be sure you have an online presence. If there is inaccurate or unflattering information, you're probably been missing out on golden opportunities. Building your online personal brand is a must-do, routine career management practice." Start to build a brand-solid online footprint, and go from invisible online to digitally distinct. "Create a media-rich VisualCV; create a strong LinkedIn profile and actively participate; blog in some way (commenting, guest blogging, or starting your own blog); joining and participating in professional associations; and writing book reviews of relevant books for Amazon.com or other online sellers."

5.    Network Wisely Online, suggests Jeff Hunter, CEO, VisualCV, Inc. "With so many great online communities and communication tools available, it's easier than ever to stay connected with and network among family, friends and colleagues, which can be invaluable to your career. On the flip side, it's also easier for your employer or potential employer to find you online as well." Employers "Google" names, and see what is there, so… "Be sure to present a consistent, professional presence online. A simple solution is to link to your VisualCV from wherever you have a digital footprint, from your blog and LinkedIn or Twitter profiles to your email signature and facebook page so that your professional content rises to the top."                                    

For more career tips and employment resources, including a resume maker, visit http://www.visualcv.com.

About VisualCV, Inc.
VisualCV, Inc. has reinvented the resume to make it more relevant for networking, business development, and career progression within today's Web 2.0 environment. VisualCV, Inc. provides technology and support for the VisualCV, the VisualCV.com community and "Powered by VisualCV" private-label platform. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, the company has received investments from one of the world's leading executive search firms, Heidrick & Struggles (NASDAQ: HSII), and Valhalla Partners.

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