A FlexJobs consultant gives a variety of resume writing tricks to scale back the chance of ageism throughout the software course of, assist flex the distant work abilities and extra.
On Monday, FlexJobs revealed a report highlighting the methods trying to find a job has modified within the final 10 years. We spoke with Cidnye Work, a profession coach at FlexJobs, to establish tricks to take into account when trying to find a job because of these modifications. As employers look to extend hiring within the months forward, now could possibly be a strong time to replace the resume with a refresh crafted for the work-from-anywhere period.
Restrict the job historical past
The FlexJobs submit suggests itemizing solely the final 10 to fifteen years of occupational expertise on a resume. Nonetheless, if an individual has a previous place they’d like to focus on that’s past the ten or 15-year mark, there are formatting choices to bear in mind. For instance, Work steered creating a bit on the resume devoted to “Extra Associated Expertise,” which she described as a “shorter part after your ‘Skilled Expertise’ part that lists older positions with out dates.”
There are two methods to craft this part, Work defined: One entails itemizing the place, firm and placement with out bullets. If an applicant has “massive accomplishments, metrics, or highlights which are actually related and necessary to the function,” Work steered including as much as three quick bullet factors to cowl their “largest impacts.”
“However bear in mind each single factor you probably did doesn’t have to be included in your resume and might all the time be included in a canopy letter or interview dialog,” Work mentioned.
Keep away from ageist setbacks
The FlexJobs submit additionally suggests retaining resumes “fashionable” and eradicating “old-fashioned parts.” Work mentioned the potential for ageism with sure age-identifying resume parts.
“Whereas your age particularly is not an issue, the assumptions folks make about your age, known as ‘ageism,’ could be a downside. It is unlucky, however it may be part of the job search course of and typically it is out of our management,” she mentioned.
Past limiting occupational historical past to 10 or 15 years, Work additionally steered omitting commencement dates and utilizing present resume codecs with out targets listed or noting that references can be found upon request. Moreover, Work mentioned candidates ought to hold “their tech abilities present” and checklist present communication platforms on their resumes in a “Expertise” part.
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Apparently, the submit suggests dropping AOL, Hotmail and Yahoo e-mail addresses in favor of a “extra present e-mail supplier” a la Gmail. Work reiterated this sentiment, including that “AOL, Hotmail and web service supplier e-mail addresses are the extra outdated suppliers we suggest shifting away from,” whereas explaining the rationale behind these solutions; the rationale once more pointed towards ageism dangers throughout the software course of.
“Older e-mail service suppliers comparable to AOL, Hotmail, and Yahoo may signify your age and lead recruiters or hiring managers to make assumptions primarily based on that,” Work mentioned. “Utilizing a more recent, extra fashionable supplier comparable to Gmail helps remove any potential ageism that might come into play.”
Past these dangers, Work mentioned Hotmail and Yahoo “have had points filtering necessary job-related emails to the spam folder” resulting in job seekers lacking “necessary job search updates from employers.”
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Flex the distant abilities
Within the final yr, corporations worldwide have adopted distant work insurance policies to mitigate the unfold of COVID-19. Whereas some organizations have began to deliver staff again to the normal workplace, different corporations have made long-term commitments to distant and hybrid work preparations. The FlexJob report suggests enjoying up an individual’s distant abilities, however even when an individual doesn’t essentially have expertise working remotely there are different transferable experiences to focus on.
“Lots of people do not suppose they’ve had distant work expertise in the event that they have not had an official full-time distant job, nonetheless, extra folks have distant work expertise than they suppose,” Work mentioned. “When you have ever labored at a distance out of your coworkers, throughout time zones or bodily distances, that counts.”
Work mentioned working from dwelling sometimes or repeatedly, incomes a web based diploma or certification counts are distant work experiences.
“In case you volunteered on a undertaking the place you probably did many of the work from your own home workplace, that counts,” she mentioned.
To indicate particular telecommuter positions in your resume, Work steered clearly stating “distant work” subsequent to the job title, itemizing this info in previous job descriptions or constructing this into the ‘Expertise’ part.
Timing is the whole lot
TechRepublic has beforehand reported on the speculated Nice Resignation of 2021 as staff look to change positions across the U.S. Amid elevated hiring, signing bonuses and a job-searchers market, now could possibly be a very good time to refresh the resume and begin on the lookout for a brand new place.
“Proper now there’s a shift in the place, when and the way work is happening. As extra corporations begin to decide their flexibility and willingness to permit staff to work distant, versatile or hybrid schedules, job seekers may be pickier in searching for out corporations that match their particular wants,” Work mentioned.
Past folks switching positions inside their business, the present job market may additionally present potential job seekers with the power to check new profession paths altogether.
“The pandemic additionally highlighted extra corporations are prepared to contemplate transferable abilities and skills-based hiring as a option to rent new expertise, so it’s a nice time for people who find themselves contemplating switching careers to make the transition whereas that is top-of-mind for employers,” Work mentioned.