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Advice for Talent & Job Seekers

Resumes speak of our past. What about our futures?

The traditional résumé.  

A traditional single sheet of paper that somehow is meant to be the golden ticket to opening doors and opportunities. But is it, really? 

The pressures of job searching continue to mount as more people gain new skills, take on new roles and companies update processes to adapt to the immense number of changes from these past two years. But before we can talk about ripping apart the traditional construct of the résumé, let’s review what it is. 

There is résumé and then there is resume. 

Funny enough, resume can be a substitute for résumé but not vice versa. 

A résumé, according to Google, is “a brief account of a person’s education, qualifications, and previous experience, typically sent with a job application.” 

And the word ‘resume’, is “begin speaking again after a pause or interruption.” 

Some could argue that our résumés resume when we want to make changes in our professional lives. See what we did there…. 

But by the definition a résumé, is a look back at what one has achieved. It’s a historical overview of past accomplishments but if our past isn’t necessarily where we want to resume our careers, then is it the golden ticket? 

Putting this into examples where a traditional résumé may not help. 

Think of it this way, our past experiences and accomplishments build our skills. And our skills push us to where we want to go next. So let’s consider two different skilled worker scenarios: 

  1. I’m an ICU RN and have been one on paper for nearly a decade. I began my career in clinical care and took a position in intensive care as I wanted to hone my emergence skills. This past year has shown me that I have a passion for infectious disease as I managed 20-bed COVID-19 unit. On paper I’m more clearly weighted as a general ICU RN. How can I position myself to show that I want to take my skills in a new direction? 
  1. I’m a 5-year, post-graduation, software engineer. Prior to becoming a software engineer, I actually worked security for a local property management firm for almost 10 years. Sometimes I find it hard to believe I’m an “IT professional” now. Recently, I helped on a data security project. I was a contractor supporting a large digital transformation project and was brought in to complete a portion of the software build. But this was the first time in my IT profession that I had exposure to true data security initiatives and now I’m hooked. How do I show I want to move my IT career into data security?  

So how do we advocate for where we want to take our skills? 

It’s a great question and we hope you all have consider that while reading this. Your traditional 2D résumé will not advocate for where you want to take your future. That is not its purpose. So here are a few ideas to consider to make sure you advances are known: 

  • Update your LinkedIn summary to include where your passion is and where you see yourself taking your career 
  • If you have an online profile, if applicable, consider adding a video where you can speak to your passion 
  • Lead with your intent whether it’s in networking, interviews or even your personal email signature. Example of an email signature: 
  • John Doe 
    • 555-555-5555 | email@email.com 
    • Experienced Software Engineer | Purveyor of Data Security 
  • Lastly – and frankly the best idea if you ask us – check out Skillgigs’ 3D resume. Our patented technology is a tool for those in healthcare, digital and technology looking to be matched not only on past skills but where you want to focus your skills. Start your profile and complete the 3D resume. 

When it comes down to it – don’t think that your traditional 2D résumé is the end all, be all for your next career move. Much like all of the other resources and tools out there, it is only a part. But know this, you are the keeper of your potential and we challenge you to consider advancing beyond the norm. 

Check out skillgigs.com to learn more.