The most popular questions asked during our live video chat about mobilizing your resume.
A big thank you to everyone who attended our first-ever interactive video chat on Mobilizing Your Resume. I had a great time and I hope you did too! Click on the following links to view this Spreecast and to obtain a copy of a presentation I gave on the topic at Ladders’ Job Central event. Below are some of the questions I fielded and links to more information on the topics. Enjoy!
Q1: How many pages should my resume be?
As a recent college graduate, your resume should only be one page. Your education is located higher up on the resume (just under your professional summary), since you’re likely to have less experience and want to promote your new degree. Often times, you can break up your experience into two groups: (“Relevant Experience” and “Leadership Experience & Activities”), to showcase your talents better. A more seasoned professional needs to keep the resume to two pages and only cover the last 10-15 years of work experience. In both cases, your resume should act as a marketing material that shows off why you are qualified for a certain role.
Q2: How do I address an employment gap or the desire to relocate on my resume?
While there’s a pretty standard format for resumes, you’re always going to make special tweaks to accommodate your goals and circumstances. Check out these articles for more information on how to edit your resume to best position your talents.
Q3: What advice can you give to military professionals who are transitioning to the civilian sector?
When you’re making a switch, whether you’re ex-military transitioning to the civilian workforce, a business owner looking to get back into the corporate world, or you’re just looking to change industries, the most important thing to do is focus on your transferrable skills and translate your resume into a language that your target employer will understand.
Q4: How should I use social media to display my resume?
A Jobvite survey from this past summer found that 92% of the 800+ recruiters and employers polled use social media to look for candidates. If you don’t have an online presence that supports your resume and career goals, you’re missing out on opportunities. Similarly, 86% admitted to searching for a candidate who submitted an application. Use these two articles to not only clean up your online presence, but to also build your professional brand.
Q5: Should I include a picture on my LinkedIn profile?
While you’re 40% more likely to be clicked on when you have a photo in your profile, you have to make sure it’s the right photo and aligns with your professional brand. Here are two articles to help you decide if a photo is right for you and your brand.