Tag Archives: Resumes and Portfolios

Recruiters Reveal Part 2

The second part has arrived!

Laura Pellicano, Freelance Account Manager for our  Marketing, Interactive and Creative division, out of our New York City office, shares her inside tips in “Recruiters Reveal!

This time, Laura talks, “Preparing the Resume & Online Profile!” Make sure to check back in two weeks when she dives into “Navigating the Job Search.”

Each week you can leave your questions for Laura here or tweet them to us @24seventalent and on the next video we will be sure to answer them!

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Crafting a Killer Resume

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The Presentation [Your Pitch]

Consider utilizing an online portfolio platform to further launch your vision. Having an electronic collection of projects or examples of your work can further bolster the “design” you sought to convey with your resume. Where a resume is the traditional format for presenting the experience and skills that make you an ideal candidate for a position, utilizing an online portfolio creates the opportunity for you to exhibit more of your personality and style, those “signature” aspects that set you apart from the competition. You can include the URL to your online portfolio in the contact information section. Below we’ve listed some portfolios most commonly used by the candidates we work with here at 24 seven, but feel free to get creative and include links to your blog, vlog, or YouTube channel (when appropriate, of course)!

 

  • Carbonmade.com
  • Cargocollective.com
  • Behance.com
  • Coroflot.com
  • Krop.com
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Crafting a Killer Resume

Tip #3

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The Content [Your Fabric]

OK, OK. So yes, the concept and pattern are both vital aspects of the designing process, but selecting the right fabric can make or break even the most flawless design. How you flesh out your resume is no different. Keeping in mind that the voice should be in the 3rd person, as opposed to first, describe your experiences and skills using bold, action oriented words (ie: collaborated, developed, generated…hint: think of a thesaurus as your swatch book). Use the content of your resume to highlight those personal characteristics that make you an asset to whatever team, project, or company you are seeking to join.

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Top 5 Resume Mistakes

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Avoid these five common resume mistakes and you’ll be one step closer to landing the interview!

1. Spelling and grammatical errors. Proofread your resume multiple times, at various points of the day, when your focus is at different levels. Have at least two trusted contacts review it before you send it out. There is no excuse for spelling and grammatical errors.

2. False or exaggerated information. Providing phony information about your skillset or title will only land you in the position of having to demonstrate experience you don’t have. Save yourself the stress and stick to the facts. The truth is always best for the hiring company and you.

3. Content not relevant to the job’s requirements. Make sure your resume reflects the role’s required skills. Put in the extra effort and time to customize and tailor. Make it clear you want this job; not just any job.

4. Disjointed career path. Make it effortless for your potential employer to understand the progression of your career.

5. Erratic formatting. Inconsistent spacing, font, and style can appear careless and sloppy. There are plenty of free templates available on word processing programs like Microsoft Word or Apache OpenOffice. You might want to try a dedicated online resource like Resume Companion, which boasts 1,500 options organized by industry.

 

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