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By Meaghan Marshall, Jan 14 2018 12:16PM

I first wrote a resume trends blog post back in 2015. As predicted back then, the LinkedIn Profile hasn’t replaced the need for a resume. The resume is here to stay!

While the resume has not received a staggering overhaul in this time, many resumes I see are still falling short of achieving maximum impact.

Here is my list of key requirements for a resume in 2018:

Prove your claims

The top resume mistake I still consistently see is an absence of evidence to support competency claims. Many resumes are still focused on responsibilities rather than accomplishments. Including examples of your results makes for a significantly stronger and more persuasive resume.

Targeted content

Your resume should clearly demonstrate how your skills and experience specifically match the requirements of the role and company you are applying. You need to take this further that just hitting on a few key words and including the hiring mangers name in your cover letter. Customisation is key to demonstrating to a potential employer that you are truly interested, and that you bring value that will benefit the organisation’s specific goals and challenges.

Integration with your Online Presence

Your online presence and resume should work together to tell your career story and communicate your personal brand. Your professional online presence is not limited to your LinkedIn profile, you should choose the best platforms for your particular industry.


Having a third party verify claims in your resume adds credibility. You could request a written endorsement from a past manager or use a LinkedIn endorsement. For added credibility link to the original endorsement on LinkedIn.

Include Soft Skills

I have noticed a recent trend of soft skills being overlooked, especially in applying for technical roles. Even for technical roles an employer will be seeking soft skills, for example teamwork, conflict resolution, time management. You should include evidence of these skills on resume also.

See for example: How to Demonstrate Problem Solving Skills on Your Resume

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By Meaghan Marshall, Nov 27 2017 01:58AM

Many companies will conduct end of year performance reviews however this review is about taking a look at your career and not just your performance in your current position.

Even if you are happy at work, the approaching end of the year provides a great excuse to take some time to reflect on your career, evaluate, and consider what you would like to achieve in the coming year.

Step One: Where are you in your career?

Start my giving thought to where you are in your career, how far have you come and where you see yourself going?

Is the job you have now the one you imagined you would be doing when you started out? Is there more you want to achieve? Are you satisfied? Do you feel motivated? Do you use your strengths and talents in your current role? Did you set any goals for your career this year? Did you achieve them?

If you feel you need to make a change, big or small, start to give some thought to the experience or skills you need in order to take the next step.

Step Two: Review 2017

What professional goals did you set yourself for 2017? Did you achieve them? Did you set goals? Did your focus shift? What did you do well? Where did you fall short? Consider why you didn’t achieve certain goals?

Review your year and determine what didn’t work and what you can learn for 2018. What goals did you achieve? Why do you think you achieved these goals? What kept you motivated? Again, what can you take from this to make 2018 a triumph?

If you didn’t have any goals set for 2017, consider your successes in the past year and identify what helped you achieve these accomplishments. Was it people, your motivation, a new approach, positive thinking, certain actions? What can you learn for 2018?

Learn from your mistakes in 2017 but don’t dwell on them. Take what you have learnt from 2017 to make 2018 more successful.

Step Three: Record your Achievements

While looking back over 2017, take the time to recognize and revel in your achievements. What have you achieved over the past year? What education and training did you complete? Have you been promoted or taken on extra responsibilities? What goals did you accomplish? What exceptional feedback have you received?

Now write your accomplishments down. Keeping a record of your accomplishments is good practice. It can be difficult to recall examples of our achievements when required to for resume writing, job interviews or performance reviews but if you make the effort to keep a record you will always be prepared.

Step Four: Visualise Your Future

Drawing from your reflection on your career and 2017, consider your next career step? Take some time to visualise for 2018 and beyond what you want from your career.

What do you want to be doing more of? What do you want to be doing less of? Do you want to maintain where you are now?

Let yourself imagine your ultimate career dream.

Step Five: Create a Plan for 2018

Now it is time to think about how you will get to the career future you are visualised.

Make a list of your career goals. Include both the long term and those for the coming year.

Now break the goals down into a list of what you need to do to achieve these goals. What actions do you need to take? What did you learn from 2017 to help you achieve your goals? Do you need any additional training? What new skills do you need? Do you need to find a new employer?

Your next steps might include gaining additional experience, taking on additional responsibilities to increase your skill set, building your network, changing employers, changing jobs, additional training or education, seeking assistance or additional resources.

Make sure you set a timeline for accomplishing your goals.

With your plan for 2018 in place you can be sure you are starting your new year with a renewed focus on you and your career.

Additional Tip: It is a good idea to take the time at the end of the year to also update your resume and LinkedIn profile. This way you can be sure your information is up to date and your accomplishments are recorded. Even if you’re not planning to leave your employer it is good practice to have your resume current.

The following blog posts may also assist you with developing your career goals:

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