As a working contractor, you can become so busy that you can’t see beyond the next meeting. Next thing you know, your project is over. It’s hard to keep a pulse on looking for projects when you’re buried, but when you consult it’s a vital part of your survival or income at very least.
I recently found myself between projects and was updating my résumé in the usual reverse-chron laundry list when I started looking around at what other people were doing with their résumés and LinkedIn profiles. It’s amazing how many ways people are presenting themselves to companies now.
There are videos, “présumés” — a kind of animated powerpoint about your experience — and then there’s the traditional résumé of work experience and accomplishments.
Well, even that’s gone a bit by the wayside. Today’s hiring managers are apparently interested in finding out whether you have the experience they need and whether you are a fit for their company’s culture and fast-paced work environment.
A career consultant who gives workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area claims that, “Résumés are still important, but people hire you for your attitude and your core competencies. Evidence of these is often buried or missing in a typical résumé.” He recommends a 1-2 page summary of your experience, accomplishments and relevant life experience. There’s more to it than this, but in a nutshell, it’s a blend of a functional résumé and the traditional work experience summary.
This concept seemed to make sense to me so I decided to redo my résumé to see how it translated. Ultimately, I was amazed at how much easier it was to show my relevant experience, interests and strengths. If you’re interested in learning more, check out csix.org.