Music CDs out at Best Buy, What Should be 'out' on Your Resume?
Buying CDs from your favorite artists will soon be a thing of the past at your local Best Buy.
A recent report from Billboard said the electronic retail giant told music suppliers it will no longer sell CDs in its stores by July 1. The change will affect Best Buy stores across the country, but a signal was sent years ago when digital music in the form of mp3s took off and made buying music as easy as "one click" on our smartphones.
The decline of CD sales isn’t exactly a shocker when compared to the performance of streaming. Apple Music recently told The Wall Street Journal that it serves about 36 million paid subscribers, which is up from its 30 million subscribers last year.
Looking for a new job or a career change? If you think of your resume as a Best Buy store, there is one thing you might want to eliminate from it as you follow your career path. The "objective" on a resume is typically one or two sentences long and generic. The most effective objective is one that is tailored to the job you are applying for. It states what kind of career you are seeking, and what skills and experiences you have that make you ideal for that career.
Blah! The "objective" is not only so yesterday and outdated, it's also not very relevant or useful in 2018. Objectives can bog down your resume.
That’s why you should consider a "professional summary" instead. This can be a quick description that builds your brand IN WRITING. It creates a narrative of you, where you may be heading, rather than goals that may be pie in the sky, or not even pertinent.
A good professional summary can offer a synopsis of your skills, experiences, and goals. The main goal of a professional summary is to make your most relevant skills and experiences immediately discernible, and in so doing, make your resume stand out.
Here are some tips for your professional summary:
- Sum up what you have to offer to a potential employer. The summary should never revolve around what you want. Instead, it should clearly explain what value you can bring to a company you’re approaching. Adopt this mindset. Its key.
- Emphasize proven experience. Instead of simply listing your skills, mention your previous accomplishments. For example, it’s much more impactful to say that you had your articles published in Forbes than simply claiming that you’re a skilled writer.
- Structure. Take it from a recruiter — bullet points are a Godsend when you need to structure your text clearly without giving it too much effort. Not only will they naturally give order to your summary by clearly delineated logical parts, they will also make it look good and read well. Also, make sure to highlight career accomplishments. Sometimes it's time to dismiss something that at one time was popular and/or useful, and replace it with something is fresh and “new school”.
Try creating a professional summary.
Looks like CDs and the resume objective have run its course. Time to showcase yourself!
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