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How To Write An Outstanding Resume From A Completely New Approach

How To Write An Outstanding Resume From A Completely New Approach

Submitting a resume is like an audition; you have no idea who you’re up against and it’s up to you to stand out to secure the job. In today’s highly competitive job market, employers often look at tons of resumes and most look somewhat alike.  To get the job, yours needs to stand out. You’re objective in creating a resume is to get yours noticed. Don’t let your dream job opportunity slip away. Here’s some ideas on how to write an outstanding resume from a completely new approach.

1. Break The Rules

When you write your resume, you might feel constrained by all kinds of rules that you’ve probably heard from other people.

You should make decisions about your resume based on what will sell yourself best, not based on a arbitrary rules that everyone is expected to conform to.

It may feel risky, but breaking the standard set of “rules” of what’s expected may just be the ticket to get your resume to stand out. Try writing it on something other than paper, use multi-media, or maybe don’t use words at all. The sky and your imagination is the limit!

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    2. Incorporate Different Elements of Your Personality

    The best way to make your resume stand out from the rest is to incorporate elements of your personality and let who you are shine through. Take my resume below as an example:

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      I chose an infographic resume with lots of colors and images of things I specialize in. I used bright colors and fun graphics (like bacon!) to showcase my outgoing, adventurous, and humor-loving personality. I really wanted my resume to pop off the page and be inviting. Something someone would actually WANT to read.

      Use your talents and you’re strengths. If you’re a graphic designer, think about ways you can demonstrate that skill and design something that reflects you’re personality. If you’re an illustrator, maybe consider utilizing one of your illustrations in the resume. If you’re an architect, maybe create a blueprint with elements of you’re education and experience in it and perhaps include on of you’re favorite design sketches. Incorporating those strengths along with elements of your personality will really make your resume pop and be uniquely yours.

       

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      3. Try An Infographic Timeline

      Clarity and simplicity can create outstanding resume. Using an info-graphic timeline approach can showcase your growth and progress through the years in a clear and attractive manner. A timeline can explain how you’ve gotten to each stage in your career and convince the employer that you have a solid growth pattern and a lot of potential. This will clearly bring across that you can help the prospective company grow and evolve. You can use graphics, pictures, text, and numbers to showcase your story along your timeline to help walk the employer through your work and education history. This will make your resume stand out visually and could be really impressive if you take time to design it properly.

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        4. Make A Video

        Go beyond the page!

        Try your hand at creating a short video presentation. It’s definitely something most employers don’t see often (unless they’re in the film production industry). There’s sites like Prezi that help you create amazing presentations. Don’t fret, these presentations are nothing like your average PowerPoint presentation. A video is a great way to also showcase that you can think outside the box and use mixed media beautifully and creatively.

        Watch this example:

        Eric Jannot’s Resume (made with Prezi)

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        A video resume can be like your own personal teaser trailer and also a clever way to showcase your individuality and personality. Have fun with it, don’t take it too seriously, and make sure its not too long. Making a video is a great opportunity to chance to show your creativity, humor, and editing skills. When you produce your video, it’s good to focus on your experience and skill set that might be especially relevant to the position you’re inquiring.

         

        5. Show Your Love For The Company To Which You Are Applying

        One thing that will most likely entice your employer is a appreciation and passion for his company or business. It really showcases your strong dedication that you put into the job application and it demonstrates how much you want the job. One of the most impressing things to an employer is an eagerness to work and thrive.

        A clever way to demonstrate an appreciation for your prospective employer’s company is to creatively incorporate the company’s service/goods in your resume. It involves some thought and creativity, but if you can pull it off, it will make an outstanding impression.

        Here is what this applicant did to get a job with Pinterest:

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          Try to convey to the employer why you would be the right person to hire and what you can do for their company.

           

          No matter what you submit, remember that a resume is your opportunity to demonstrate why you really would be an excellent addition to a company. Have fun, break some rules, and take advantage of your creativity to land you the job you want.

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          10 Signs of a Bad Boss and How to Deal with Them

          10 Signs of a Bad Boss and How to Deal with Them

          This is an article I didn’t want to write. Even if it appears that way on the surface, few things are black and white. Between the two colors is a world of gray. Notwithstanding the bosses who behave criminally, some of the people who carry the “bad boss” label have possibly been, or have the capacity to become, a “good boss.”

          This is an article I didn’t want to write because I understand that depending on whom you ask, many of us could be labeled either a good or bad boss.

          Perhaps another reason I didn’t want to write this article is because context matters. Context for the organization and context for the individual. What is happening in the organization? What is the culture? Is the “boss” in a position for which the individual is equipped to do the job? Is the person in a terrible place in life? The office culture, the relationship a team member has with a boss or board and the leader’s personal life can all influence how the person shows up and leads and how others perceive the individual.

          But since I am writing this article, I will share a few signs that bosses are bad and in need of a timeout.

          1. Bad Bosses Don’t Know and Haven’t Healed Their Inner Child

          If you plan to lead people – well, if you plan to effectively lead yourself – you must get reacquainted with your inner child. Just because you are in young adulthood, middle age or the golden years doesn’t mean your inner child matches your chronological age. If you experienced trauma as a child, your inner child may be stuck at the point or age of that trauma. While you walk around in a woman’s size 10 shoe, your behavior may showcase an inner child who is much younger.

          In a June 7, 2008, Psychology Today article, Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D., observed,[1]

          “The fact is that the majority of so-called adults are not truly adults at all. We all get older … But, psychologically speaking, this is not adulthood. True adulthood hinges on acknowledging, accepting, and taking responsibility for loving and parenting one’s own inner child. For most adults, this never happens. Instead, their inner child has been denied, neglected, disparaged, abandoned or rejected. We are told by society to ‘grow up,’ putting childish things aside. To become adults, we’ve been taught that our inner child—representing our child-like capacity for innocence, wonder, awe, joy, sensitivity and playfulness—must be stifled, quarantined or even killed. The inner child comprises and potentiates these positive qualities. But it also holds our accumulated childhood hurts, traumas, fears and angers.”

          Sometimes the key that your inner child needs tending to is conflict with someone else’s inner child.

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          Good bosses are aware of the ups and downs of their childhood, have worked or are working to heal their inner child and are aware of their triggers. Good managers use this awareness to manage themselves, and their interactions with others. Bad bosses are oblivious to how their inner child impacts not only their life but the lives of others.

          2. Bad Bosses Are Unable to Accept Feedback

          Bad bosses are not intentional about creating an environment where their peers and colleagues can share feedback about their leadership. They don’t solicit feedback. Given the power dynamic that managers, CEOs and others in leadership yield, they must go out of their way to solicit feedback, and they must do so repeatedly.

          Before being completely honest, most team members will test the waters and share low-stakes information to get a sense for how their boss will respond. If the boss is angry or retaliatory, team members are less likely to risk being candid in the future.

          So being unable to accept feedback takes on two forms: failing to proactively and repeatedly ask for feedback and reacting poorly when feedback is shared.

          3. Bad Bosses Are Unwilling to Give Timely Feedback

          The flip side of accepting feedback is giving feedback. Both require courage. It takes courage to open yourself up and accept feedback on ways that you need to grow. Similarly, it takes courage to share honest feedback about a team member’s or colleague’s performance or behavior.

          Since not everyone is open to accepting feedback, whether they’re a manager or not, having an honest conversation about areas a team member or colleague has missed the mark, is not always easy. Still, good bosses will find a way to share feedback, and they’ll do so in a timely fashion.

          Withholding feedback and sharing it months after a situation has unfolded or in a snowball fashion is unhelpful to the employees. One of the ways we grow as leaders is through feedback. When people have the courage to tell us the truth, that information allows us to progress.

          4. Bad Bosses Are Unable to Acknowledge Their Mistakes

          Owning their mistakes is like a disease to bad bosses; they do not want it. Instead of being risk averse, they are accountability averse. The problem is that they can only gloss over their weaknesses or failures for so long; the people around are able to see their flaws and weaknesses, and bad bosses pretending they don’t exist is not helpful. It is infuriating.

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          However, bad bosses are masterful at reassigning blame. They are unable or unwilling to accept responsibility for mistakes — small or large. But career expert Amanda Augustine told CNBC “Make It” in May 2017, that “good managers also admit their mistakes.”[2] They don’t pass the blame or pretend they didn’t make a mistake. They own it.

          5. Bad Bosses Are Unwilling or Incapable of Being Vulnerable

          Vulnerability is an underrated leadership skill. But well-placed and well-thought out vulnerability enables employees to see their leaders’ humanity, and it creates a way for leaders to bond with their teams.

          Bad bosses may talk about vulnerability, but they don’t practice it in their own lives, particularly in the workplace.

          6. Privately, Bad Bosses Do Not Live Up to the Organization’s Stated Values

          Bad bosses may publicly spout the values of the organization they work for, but privately they either don’t believe or don’t embody those values.

          If they work for an environmental group, they may not practice sustainability in their private lives. Their words and actions are incongruent.

          7. Bad Bosses Are Unable to Inspire Others

          When bad bosses are unable or unwilling to take the time to inspire others, they lead through fear or command. Neither are helpful.

          A culture dominated by fear will stifle creativity and risk taking that can lead to innovation. An autocratic management style will have a similar effect in that team, members will not feel they have the space to step outside of the box they have been placed in.

          A good boss is someone who takes time to share the big picture and time to inspire their teams to want to be a part of it.

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          8. Bad Bosses Are Disinterested in How Their Behavior Impacts Others

          They are narcissistic and focused on self-preservation. In “19 Traits of a Bad Boss,” Kevin Sheridan said,[3]

          “Terrible bosses are endlessly self-centered. Everything is about them and not the people they manage or what is going on in their employees’ personal lives. It is never about the team, but rather all about how good they look. Conversely, great bosses lead with integrity, honesty, care, and authenticity.”

          Rather than seeing their team’s talents and seeing people’s full humanity, bad bosses believe their team exists to serve them. Families, personal life and priorities be damned. Bona fide bad bosses believe that their comfort should be prioritized over their team’s needs and desires.

          9. Bad Bosses Have Likely Received Negative Feedback

          Bad bosses have likely been told that they are poor supervisors. They have likely been told time and time again that their behavior is harmful to the people around them.

          Perhaps they do not know how to change or are unwilling to change. But bad bosses certainly have received clues, insights and direct feedback that their management style and behavior are harmful to others.

          Even when someone hasn’t explicitly said, “Your behavior is harmful to me and others,” the absence of feedback indicates a problem. It can mean that the leader’s team doesn’t feel safe enough to share feedback, that people do not believe the leader will act on what is shared, or that people have determine the best strategy is to avoid the boss as much as possible.

          10. Bad Bosses Are Perfectionists

          Bad bosses are driven by an internal urge to be perfect. Perfectionists don’t just want to be perfect; they want everyone around them to be perfect as well. This is a standard that neither they nor their team can live up to.

          Since perfection is illusive, they spend their time chasing their shadow and being frustrated that they cannot catch it. They are unable to enjoy the journey and often block others from doing so as well. They let “perfect” be the enemy of “good.” Rather than embracing a growth mindset that desires to learn and improved, they are compulsive and toxic.

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          If you are like me and you see yourself in parts of this list, do not despair. A bad boss can change. The key is seeking honest feedback and being willing to work through that feedback and your triggers with a therapist or coach.

          The Bottom Line

          Regardless of your age and the mistakes you have made, you can change and become a healthier leader whom others respect and appreciate.

          Conversely, if you are employed by a bad boss, do everything in your power to take care of yourself. Understand that your boss’s behavior, even if directed at you, is not about you. Your boss’s reactions, if and when you make a mistake, is a reflection on that individual, not you.

          To survive the work environment, think about the lesson you are meant to learn. You can do this with a trusted therapist or capable coach. However, if you deem the work environment to be toxic and harmful to your health, seek employment elsewhere.

          In the end, this is an article I did not want to write, but I’m happy I did.

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