Historically, job search and career documents - your resume and performance appraisal record - were developed exclusively for the benefit of employers. The XeS record, in contrast, is a document you create for yourself. It is your way of memorialising the "career victories" you have achieved in the job you have or for the job you want. It frees you from having to rely on either your employer to maintain your career progress or your supervisor to notice your contributions on the job.
The real time resume, one that is adapted and ready to be both scanner and email friendly, is essential for jobseekers today. Many times resumes never reach recruiters, they reach computers who scan for necessary verbiage. Therefore adapting your resume to include keywords will increase its scan ability and chance of being forwarding to a recruiter.
Other changes for resumes today is the format. No longer are you writing an objective, but instead list your skills, talent and a summary of your knowledge. Following your experience, it is also beneficial to list a new section entitled, "what I have learned". This section can list areas that you have gained professional experience in through volunteering or ongoing education.
Also gone are the days of elaborate cover letters. Cover letters are okay, but be sure to keep it short and sweet. It is also recommended to use keywords, as again, many times, computers are scanning your documents for compatible words. Lastly, save your document in different formats. Some companies request Word docs, some PDF's. Be sure to test your document's formatting by emailing to a friend or another email address you may have.
As you move forward in your career or career search, be sure to record your success. Track your progress and stay on track, as the economy continues to change and so does the landscape of the job market. Click here to learn more about Peter Weddle's Xtreme Success program or to watch this webinar.