Brand Career Management Newsletter – September 2021
|Hi Everyone, |
We are about to enter another change of season. In my area, the warmth is coming to an end, but the pandemic lingers on. As summer winds down, it’s time to send the kids back to school (maybe). Also, take time to give your career some love because this is Update Your Résumé Month. In this uncertain world, it’s always good to be prepared.
You know I can’t resist reminding you of this occasion every September. If I don’t do it, who else will? I live and breathe this stuff. Who else would write about the difference between a CV and a résumé and devote an entire newsletter to the topic of résumés?
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Should you post your résumé on your LinkedIn (LI) profile? This is a question I am often asked. In fact, I wrote about it last year. To save some time and repetition, I’m going to refer you to that post. Everything I wrote then is still true.
Funny enough, last September was also when we first announced a new LinkedIn Index so you can easily find old LinkedIn Tips of the Month on the BCM website. Well, this month, we added a plugin so now we can say it’s NEW and IMPROVED. Please check it out and let me know what you think.
The articles below share advice and tips to help you update your résumé. Read advice on keywords, why to include volunteering, and the length of a résumé.
For those of you who are newer to résumé writing and prefer illustration, this whiteboard video from Penn State Lehigh Valley offers a four-minute primer on the basics of résumé development.
For those who already have a résumé that needs updating, here are two posts to help with keywords. Amy Bergen compiled a great list of verbs to inspire you when enhancing your résumé. And this post by Deborah Sweeney on Ladders offers a list of verbs appropriate for leadership roles.
I loved Lauren Hamer’s post sharing compelling reasons to add volunteering to your résumé. My only caveat would be this. If adding volunteer experience is the difference between two or three pages, I would shorten the section to be very focused and elaborate more about it on your LinkedIn profile and keep your résumé to two pages.
Finally, many people hear that a résumé must be one page. As I’ve said before, I don’t agree with that perspective. This short post by Mark Abadi on Business Insider shares data to back up my view.
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