Is Your Resume Still A Product of the 90’s?

Remember that awkward stage between land lines and smart phones?  When people used pagers and those big wonky cell phones?  That’s where we are now in the world of Recruiting.  We are at the cusp of two different eras:  The analog paper world- boring!  And the world we are a part of now- an interactive, ever-changing, social media cloud.  Obviously the paper world is well on its way out but vehicles like the paper resume are just holding on and not letting go- change is slow. People still use the traditional resume format when presenting themselves in the professional world for the same reason health care is barely starting to make the transition to electronic patient files.  They’re using pagers in a world of smart phones and tablets.  The infrastructure’s there- use it. If you’re not artistically inclined, a few simple changes can bring you out of “ya-ba-da-ba-doo” and into today’s multi-media, interactive, interconnected, ultra diverse social media world.   Add a Social Media Info Section 

“We’re in sales. We’re supposed to be creative, ahead of the curve, the innovators, so if that is the case, why is it we don’t put our LinkedIn profile links on our resumes?”

Keenan talks about  The Biggest, Little Mistake People Make With Their Resume.  One simple change we can all make on our resumes: include your social media contact links.  At the very least your linked-in profile.  After all, this is the professional face the world sees.   Stay Relevant Use some foresight, take the risk and invest to be ahead of the curve- instead of scrambling later, trying to play catch-up.   Five Resumes That Use Multi-Media To Their Advantage So here are some ways people are being creative with their resumes- setting themselves apart, using the tools available in today’s multi-media world to enhance their own personal branding via resume. 1:  Online Resume Amazon Resume    2: Slideshare Resume

  3: Pinterest Resume

  4: Infographic Resume Infographic Resume   5: Totally Awesome QR Code Resume Victor Petit QR Code Resume   “Creative Resumes” are not just reserved for people in “Creative” industries.  Don’t be so block-headed- creativity resides in those that stand apart in any industry.  What can you do to bring your resume out of the stone-age?   Remember: Do what works for you.  A helpful tip from The Ultimate Infographic Resume Guide:

“What I’ve noticed through my network is that more and more marketing/adverting/sales professionals are creating hybrid resumes like mine. First part infographic, second part (work history) traditional. This seems to capture the attention of HR while allowing them to read through the resume like a traditional one.”– Anton Dobrosevic, senior marketing manager.

  Be mindful of what you want to communicate about yourself:  Convey your brand, and use a format that effectively communicates the skills that matter in the role you will be filling.  Don’t lose sight of the goals you achieve in your paper resume.  It should read-shout “A” Player!


Keenan is A Sales Guy Inc’s CEO/President and Chief Antagonist. He’s been selling something to someone for his entire life. He’s been teaching and coaching almost as long. With over 20 years of sales experience, which he’ll tell you he doesn’t give a shit about, Keenan has been influencing, learning from and shaping the world of sales for a long time. Finder of the elephant in the room, Keenan calls it as he sees it and lets nothing or no one go unnoticed.