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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.


Testimonial


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, May 8 2017 12:51PM

A quick search on Seek.com.au reveals just how many employers are looking for someone that will bring entrepreneurial talent, and it is not just in business development and sales roles. There is a University looking for an ‘experienced Project Manager with an entrepreneurial approach’ a Trade College seeking an ‘innovative educator with entrepreneurial talent’, there is an opportunity for a ‘Compliance Manager with entrepreneurial flair’, and a role for an Entrepreneurial Administration Officer.


Employers realise the benefits of hiring staff with an entrepreneurial spirit. An entrepreneurial mindset describes the way someone approaches life and work; those with an entrepreneurial flair show passion, are optimistic, look for ways to improve, take considered risks, and execute their ideas. Entrepreneurialism leads to innovation.


Having an entrepreneurial mindset is also beneficial for managing your career now and into the future. We all know the days of a job for life are well behind us, the average person will now have approximately ten different jobs before they are 40. The world of work today sees more of us freelancing, in casual or seasonal roles, consulting appointments or contract positions. There is also the issue of underemployment. Having an entrepreneurial mindset will help you navigate your way, help you to find and create opportunities, move across industries, and manage multiple sources of income.


What does it mean to have an entrepreneurial mindset?


Having an entrepreneurial mindset, is different from the traditional view of an entrepreneur who builds a new idea into an enterprise. Rather it refers to a way of thinking.


Someone with an entrepreneurial mindset will:


★ Have energy and passion; they work hard and with intensity.


★ Show commitment to their own continuous improvement; they place value on their personal improvement and development.


★ Be willing to take a risk; they trust their judgment and ability to make a sound decision with consideration to risks.


★ Display curiosity and inquisitiveness; they investigate how the world works, and see things with fresh perspective.


★ Be optimistic and resilient; they will regardless of challenges maintained a positive attitude.


★ Have a strong network; they invest in relationships and seek support when needed.


How to demonstrate you have an entrepreneurial mindset to a potential employer?


If you are applying for a role like the ones described above, then you will need to prove to the potential employer that you have entrepreneurial talent.


Don’t rely on just listing ‘entrepreneurial’ as a skill on your resume. As always, the key it to demonstrating your skills, is to use examples from your past experience. Review the description above of an entrepreneurial mindset; can you think of examples from your past that demonstrate these key qualities and traits?


Have you needed to adapt to changes to your work or industry?

Have you contributed an innovative idea?

What excites you, what is your passion, how have you doggedly pursued your goals?

How have you made sure you keep growing?

What challenges have you overcome? How did you deal with the challenge, and what did you learn?


If you really want to impress a potential employer then take it a step further, do your research, and tell them exactly what you can do for them. Apply your inquisitiveness and vision, dive deeper, and determine a key problem or a specific goal that you can make an impact on.


Having an entrepreneurial mindset will benefit you long into your career, and not just if your goal is to be an entrepreneur in the traditional sense. It’s not too late to build your entrepreneurial mindset. Here are some helpful resources:


5 Ways to Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset (External Link)


How to Cultivate an Entrepreneurial Mindset (External Link)



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