Jobs have changed so much in recent years. If you’re not up on the latest programs/apps/skills in your field (SEO ability, anyone?), you might not get where you want to go.
Have resumes, too, taken on a new identity? We spoke with two hiring experts to find out what yours should look like now, what not to include, and what traditional advice is still relevant and effective today.
“I have strong feelings about resumes,” says Sandra McCall, operations director at Casamigos Tequila, in White Plains, NY. “I’ve heard that the average resume gets three seconds of attention from an HR person who’s looking at it. I would say I give them at least five seconds. But they are all very different, and the faster I can zoom in on the information I need, the more time I will probably devote to reading.”
What’s she looking for? “Practical experience is almost always the most important thing,” McCall says. “All the feel-good ‘core competency’ lists and objective statements are really more appropriate in the interview process.”