As an online executive for start-ups and Global 50’s and as volunteer Chairman with non-profit Young Life, I’ve directed hundreds of Millennials. Ali called today asking for resume assistance, and here were my tips.
Seven thoughts for 20-somethings who seek to prepare a professional resume.
- Promote skills first, not old jobs. Instead of the classic chronological resume, detail business skills learned. How exactly did your non-profit volunteer job provide marketing, sales, operations, finance or management experience?
- If you can’t fix it, feature it.Dad taught me this one. How did you grow after a failure, a bad GPA, a ski-bum period, or a lay-off?
- Dates, dollars, deliverables. Demonstrate an ability to be detail-oriented by presenting prior accomplishments with relevant specifics.
- Keep it to one page. Take time to filter the fluff. “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” – Mark Twain
- People, process, platforms. How did you tackle a challenge? Detail how you motivated people or set-up an innovative process or used a new technology.
- Highlight a success story.Capture my heart with your encouraging story of when a smart, passionate, charming and energetic underdog added value.
- Prove that you’re a change-agent. Yes, you have new ideas but can you compel others to participate? Are you an indispensible linchpin?
Millennials will comprise 50% of the workforce by 2020. Best adventures to you as you seek to literally rule the world.