08.08.2013

The Resume: Here to Stay or Passé?
Lauri Dishman, M.A., LCPC

With the predominance of social media sites like LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter inundating the job search arena, the question often asked is, do we still need a resume? After all, can’t supervisors and hiring managers just scour our on-line work profiles to determine our workplace appropriateness? And haven’t the job search gurus out there drummed it into our heads to just get on LinkedIn and network, network, network?

Well despite the simplicity and convenience of social media, the resume is alive and well and plans to stick around for awhile. In fact, it has a very important role to play in the job search. According to Martin Yate, a job development professional known for his Knock ‘Em Dead series of books for job seekers, “A resume is probably the most important financial document you will ever own, when it works, the doors of opportunity open for you, but when it doesn’t work, you don’t either.”

The resume, along with a well-targeted cover letter, is your prime opportunity to send a direct appeal to an intentionally targeted agency or practice. It is an incredibly flexible document – a major job search tool you have complete control over. It can be customized to reflect the specific skills, talents and accomplishments you have that apply directly to the position you are vying for. Your resume is a snapshot of the past that proves your worth to that organization’s future.

With a good resume comes a well though-out cover letter. Just like the resume, it too is highly customizable even more so as here is where you speak directly to the prospective employer telling them exactly how how the values stated by the accomplishments in your resume directly reflect the ways you can help the agency or organization solve their problems, make their programs better or demonstrate the qualities you have that make you the ideal candidate. It is in the cover letter where you answer the question, “Why should we hire you?”

Another benefit to the resume is that it can be uploaded to occupationally targeted websites as here too is where recruiters and hiring managers are scouting for candidates.

Well, there you have it. The old-fashioned resume is not a thing of the past. It’s actually a highly powerful marketing tool that could make or break your future. If resume writing is a challenge, don’t hesitate to seek the help of a career counselor or professional resume writer. Contact Lauri Dishman at LED Career. 708-714-2958.

Lauri Dishman, M.A., LCPC is the owner of LED Career and Inner Focus LLC. She has been a career counselor for over ten years. She managed the counseling center at Second Sense and taught career development at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Lauri is also a past president of the Illinois Career Development Association. Her profile can be found at http://www.linkedin.com/in/lauridishman.

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