5 Things That Don’t Matter on a Resume Anymore

Resumes will not be around forever.

resume-on-computerThey are slowly becoming obsolete. LinkedIn is the key resume disruptor. Your LinkedIn profile will soon not only replace the need for a generic resume but it will be your professional identity.

In the meantime, it is always best to have the most competitive resume possible ready. Before you start a resume makeover, make sure you know what is no longer important and nothing to be concerned with any longer.

Here are 5 things that don’t matter on a resume anymore:

  1. Professional Summary. It’s just redundancy that everyone skips taking up valuable real estate in the first screen shot of your resume. A paragraph that starts your resume stating “what’s in it for them,” however can make or break your resume first impression.
  2. Objective. Your resume is not about what you want. It is about what you can deliver.
  3. Employment gaps. Disruption is all around us. We all have been through it. We get it. If they don’t get it, it’s most likely not a place you want to work.
  4. Consulting Assignments. There was a time that “Consulting” meant “unemployed.” That is no longer the case. Consulting now means that your skills are in demand on an interim basis to “save the day.” It has now become common knowledge that some of the best talent is consulting. Employers are finding that it can be increasingly difficult to sell Consultants on the idea of taking their livelihood out of their own control and trusting it to an “employer.”
  5. Short employments. It is your responsibility to keep your skills current in the new economy or you will become obsolete in a “New York minute.” If you are not getting what you need at your current job to keep your skills and experiences up to date, DON’T WASTE TIME! MOVE ON! Current skills and the ability to be resourceful and adjust to change is the new job security at all levels but absolutely at the executive level.

Right now, in this fantastic job market but when the economy takes another dive, which it will, you had better hope you will be the one with the “in demand” experience.

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Saundra Botts

Saundra Botts

Saundra provides strategic guidance and coaching to help ExecuNet members land their next opportunity. This includes uncovering their unique personal value proposition and defining competitive differentiators to advance their careers. This also includes providing detailed feedback for improving a member’s personal marketing collateral—well beyond their résumé. Leveraging her expertise, Saundra guides executives through the entire process from entering the job market, which for most is their first time, identifying the path to success, to onboarding with their new company and beyond to create job security.

Saundra is known for “opening doors” and has also facilitated Job Search and Transition Workshops for universities, FENG (Financial Executive Networking Group), and various executive leadership groups. Her depth of experience includes has over 15 years in Retained Search and contingency placement within corporate accounting and finance sector with First Call Search, Dubin & Lee and WinterWyman Search. Saundra has consulted with clients, ranging from start-ups to multi-billion-dollar conglomerates. She has worked with $12 billion companies building accounting and finance teams, succession planning, and hiring, as well as filling key positions at many medium-sized, publicly-traded companies; non-profits; and universities in Boston, Miami and Los Angeles.

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