Is Your Resume Still on Colored Paper?

Is this man reading your resume?

But it’s a five o’clock world when the whistle blows
No one owns a piece of my time
And there’s a five o’clock me inside my clothes
Thinkin’ that the world looks fine, yeah

–Allen Reynolds (The Vogues)

We remember lots of songs about work. But trying to keep up with how to find work these days isn’t always easy. Here is a post about creating resumes in today’s Web 2.0 world.

Resumes: The Old Way

We Baby Boomers know a lot about the old days. As you probably remember, back in the day many of us attended seminars on how to find a job and create a resume. We looked things up in the classified ads or went down to a local factory, school board, career center at a university, or some other institution and looked at the job postings on the bulletin board.

Once we found the job we were looking for, we went home to the typewriter, a little later on we used a word processor, and we typed a nice letter telling someone why they should hire you. You even let them know that your resume (CV for some folks) was also included. You made sure that this letter was on a nice quality paper, maybe even colored paper. And this paper matched the paper you used for your resume.

Your resume was meticulously done. You made sure that all of your education and experience was included and a brief description, usually made up of bullet points was included for each item. You didn’t worry about which words you used, you just used clear understandable language. Then you ran down to the printer (not the kind attached to a computer, the kind in a building with large printing presses) and had them make about two-hundred copies on their best quality paper. You took your box of resumes home with you ready to distribute them with those letters you write.

And how did you send them out? Well, sometimes you just drove or walked over and handed them to a secretary then hoped for the best. Most likely you went over to a mailbox and put them into the regular mail. Remember mailing a letter? Yeah, we used to do that.

When it got to the place, someone would go through a pile of them and read the ones that looked the nicest. Then they would pick four or five of them to call in for an interview. That was the old way.

Resumes: The New Way

So what is different today? Not much and everything. Yeah, that’s right. Today college grads and others entering the work force may still go to seminars teaching them how to create resumes and cover letters and how to find jobs. But are they learning the same things we learned back in the old days? Not really. Things have changed. But we still need to find jobs. Aren’t there seminars for older workers? Well there should be because if you are still printing your resume on colored paper and mailing them, you will probably get nowhere.

Today there is no reason to print a resume at all. Everything is done using email. And because all of the job candidates’ resumes are on the computer, it is much easier for a recruiter to search for what they are looking for. How do they do it? They search for specific keywords to see if your resume contains the information that they are looking for. The key words depend on the type of job you are applying for.

So how do you know which words to use? There are many sites on the Internet that will tell you. If you are reading this, then you probably know what a blog is. There are many blogs that are dedicated to searching for jobs. They provide information on how to make contacts and create resumes and cover letters. One such blog that comes to mind is Career Rocketeer. You can look them up by typing the name into Google (or your preferred search engine). Another Google search will turn up many other good blogs and resources for finding jobs and creating resumes. Just make sure that your resume is set up for today’s 21st-century economy.

How to Create a Resume 2.0

Of course you know how to send a resume using email but there are other ways to distribute resumes. One way is through social media. We all know about Facebook and Twitter. But do you have accounts? Just being on the Internet is an advantage for job seekers. Make sure that there is some (doesn’t have to be a lot) information there and that it is positive and looks good.

The best tool for job searching is LinkedIn. LinkedIn is set up specifically for this task. You can and should post your resume there so that is always available to employers. They often just search LinkeIn to find people without bothering to advertise the job. Most of the career oriented blogs will have many posts about how to use LinkeIn and I will have one too at a later date.

So do you have any social media accounts? Are you on LinkedIn? Do you have an online or other computer-based resume ready to send? And do you have any other questions about creating a resume in today’s world? Let me know in the comments or contact me with suggestions of other job-related posts you would like to see.

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