CREATIVES: IS A RESUME REALLY THAT IMPORTANT?

CREATIVES: IS A RESUME REALLY THAT IMPORTANT?

YES. YOUR RESUME SPEAKS FOR YOU WHEN YOU CAN’T.

But I’m a creative; I get hired from my portfolio.

In this market, a recruiter may not even look at your portfolio unless she already has a compelling reason to do so. Your resume has to not only speak for YOU – it has to speak for your portfolio. Does it? If the recruiter isn’t bowled over by your resume, she may not bother to look at your portfolio.

PERSONAL-BRANDING QUICKIE: Keyword-cramming can suck it.

If your resume and LinkedIn profile are properly targeted, keywords will occur naturally. Talk like a person.

Want more like this? Make it official. Sign up.

The Million-Dollar Resume

The Million-Dollar Resume

“A resume isn’t a biography or a simple listing of what you’ve done professionally and academically; it’s a marketing tool. Trust me, if you know zip about marketing and branding yourself, you can’t compete -- no matter how well you write.”

PERSONAL-BRANDING QUICKIE: Killer Cover Letters

It's actually pretty easy to write a killer cover letter. For starters, match your "haves" to their "wants" with specific examples. Then read this article.

PERSONAL-BRANDING STEEL-CAGE GRUDGE MATCH: RESUME VS. LINKEDIN PROFILE

PERSONAL-BRANDING STEEL-CAGE GRUDGE MATCH: RESUME VS. LINKEDIN PROFILE

“Do I really need a resume AND a LinkedIn profile – aren’t they pretty much the same thing?” To answer that question, try looking at it this way:

Your personal brand is the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the premier organization in mixed martial arts, hosting most of the top-ranked fighters in the world.

BEFORE YOU LAUNCH YOUR RESUME INTO DEEP SPACE, READ THIS

BEFORE YOU LAUNCH YOUR RESUME INTO DEEP SPACE, READ THIS

Have you ever gotten a job by uploading your resume to an online application portal? I haven’t, and I don’t know anyone who has. You could be the answer to an employer’s prayers, but if you don’t know how to appease the algorithm – by, say, using a sans-serif font like Verdana instead of a serif font like Times New Roman (for years the resume standard) – you’re sunk.