Employers don’t care where your skills come from; only that you have them. Here’s how to set up your resume so your skills get top billing.
Resumes? Who needs them!
That’s the thinking of folks at LinkedIn, who recently announced you can use the professional network to apply for jobs — and .
Now, fire off a job application using your LinkedIn profile. (Click “Apply Now” on to see it in action.) Sounds pretty nice if you’re applying in a hurry.
For all other scenarios, your resume still matters. Heather Huhman of job resource says you could be super creative and make a resume that .
Want an easier way to get noticed? Move “Education” to the bottom of your resume and “Work Experience” to the top. The strategy has everything to do with our economy today and will make your resume more effective time and again.
You are more than a degree
If you begin your resume with “Education,” you sacrifice coveted space to, frankly, the least interesting part of your bio.
Then, the employer looks up from your piece of paper and says, “OK, so what do you know how to do?”
We are entrenched in a skills-based economy, and what really counts are your abilities. It doesn’t matter if you learned them at college, an internship, a full-time job or while .
Skills. . Skills.
Employers want ‘em, and your resume must quickly prove you got ‘em.
The challenge in this hyper-ADD, , 140-character tweet social universe is to immediately convince someone of your “specific contribution,” as columnist Thomas Friedman .
Start with the best stuff
In journalism, it’s called the “‘lead” (or “lede,” if you want to be fancy about it). The lead here is your current job and the most compelling duties or accomplishments you’ve mastered to date.
If you only have internships and not a “real job,” it’s OK to start with those positions. Be detailed about the work you did and let your experience — not your college — describe you. Bosses don’t care where your skills come from, only that you have them. ( to Tweet this idea.)
If an employer has to scan the page to find the goods (your skills), then you’ve effectively “.” That’s a journalism (and employment) no-no.
Don’t worry. An employer will locate your college and degree(s) at the bottom of the resume. Just realize that a diploma alone won’t make you different. Whether it’s a two-year associate’s, four-year bachelor’s or online coursework, .
You know what no one else can claim? Your diverse range of talents.
Crack open your resume right now and place “Work Experience” at the top. In today’s job market, your skills are the greatest thing you’ve got.
How else can you spruce up your resume?
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Danny Rubin is a PR professional in Virginia Beach. He also writes , a blog that shows us the career advice that’s hidden in the day’s top stories. Follow him at @NewsToLiveBy.