Technology and the gig economy are redefining the traditional resume. This is great news if you cringe at writing two pages about your professional life. But whether or not writing the conventional resume falls into one of your skill sets, you may want to look at what’s trending for job seekers in the new economy.
What Is A Gig Economy?
A third of America is already a part of the gig economy. Think of Uber drivers, Airbnb owners, and freelance writers. A “gig” is a job that lasts until the job is done. All gigs are jobs, but not all jobs are gigs.
The digital age has made it possible for people to work from home or remotely as freelancers. Rideshare drivers, food delivery couriers, web and graphic designers, writers, and email marketers are just some of the workers in the gig economy.
I teach my mentees to be High Ticket Closers ™, High Income Copywriters ™, and YouTubers to work remotely on their own schedules with the potential to make a six figure income.
Employers benefit from this economy because they have more applicants to choose from for a job and they aren’t limited by geographic area or proximity. They can cut costs by not hiring full time.
Workers benefit because they can work when and how they choose. Many like the flexible work schedule. Some have a full time job and one or two gigs. Other workers work multiple gigs full time to get them the income and lifestyle they desire.
The downside is the flexibility affects the worker’s lifestyle. They work when work is available, and they no longer have the regular pay, benefits and stable routine that a job offers. Career training and development is the responsibility of the worker.
And the gig economy means shorter relationships. When a gig is finished, the worker leaves the employer for the next one.
Intuit predicts that by 2020, the number of gig workers will double:Intuit predicts that by 2020, the number of gig workers will double to “3.2 million on-demand employees to a workforce of 7.6 million strong” Click To Tweet
How can job seekers and employers survive in a gig economy?
The gig economy brings both pros and cons to job seekers.
The upside is the low barriers of entry. Workers can choose the gigs that fit their schedule, skill set and lifestyle. If you have a car, you can become an Uber driver while your children are at school. You can rent out your investment condo to travelers while you continue to work a full time job.
The downside is the low barriers to exit. Your business could get bad reviews or your employer could reject your work and refuse to pay. You will shoulder a lot of expenses (office equipment, gas for the car, internet, etc) and you’ll be responsible for paying your taxes.
If you want to make a living working gigs, Diane Mulcahy, author of The Gig Economy, suggests that you “Make a plan to enter the gig economy over a year, or 18 months, and during that time start doing side gigs so that you can make sure that there’s demand for your service.”
Statistics show that the gig economy will continue to grow in popularity.
Fabio Rosati, CEO of Upwork stated, “The 53 million Americans who are freelancing already contribute more than $700 billion to our national economy and help U.S. businesses compete and find the skills that they need. This is just the start: The connected era we live in is liberating our workforce. The barriers to being a freelance professional – finding work, collaborating with clients and getting paid on time – are going away.”
Employers are adapting to the gig economy as more and more of their workers take on side jobs to supplement their income. Employers are able to scale their companies more quickly because they can outsource projects to gig workers with more specialized skills.
These temporary workers reduce the company’s overhead costs. A survey of a range of industries found that, “More companies are hiring temporary contractors or freelancers, especially for assistance with technical tasks that their full-time staff isn’t equipped to handle”.
What’s A Good Way To Format A Resume For The New Gig Economy Worker?
With the growing popularity and acceptance of gig economy workers, the way that workers are hired is also changing.
The Traditional Resume
The conventional approach to writing resumes has been frustrating for many. You need to choose the right layout, and decide on the right words to use to describe yourself without sounding too bragging. And even if you finish your resume, there’s a chance it will disappear in a pile of hundreds of applicants.
A single job posting can generate hundreds of resumes, and your resume is just one.For example, Corporate advisor Dr Sullivan says “Google, the firm with a No. 1 employer brand, gets well over 1 million applicants per year, which means that even during its robust hiring periods when it hires 4,000 people a year,… Click To Tweet
What can you do as an applicant to make your resume stand out? In the new economy, job seekers are trying new methods.
The Gig Economy Resume: Do You Need a Portfolio?
The main difference between the traditional resume and the gig economy resume is employers don’t want a list of past jobs with a bulleted list of your responsibilities underneath each job.
They prefer to see your work portfolio or your content on social media. You can submit examples of your work, showcase your work on your website, or share content on LinkedIn.
If you’re a recent graduate, you can create a portfolio about your internships and projects. You can also create a portfolio on an online platform for side gigs such as Upwork.
These online platforms and LinkedIn are ways to expedite the hiring process. Employers and prospective clients can review samples of your work instead of reading about your work from a list of bullets.
This trend toward portfolios will not change anytime soon. Generation Z, those born in the mid 1990s to mid 2000s, welcome freelancing.“Nearly half (46%) of Generation Z employees work as freelancers, and that rate will only grow as approximately 61 million Gen Zers enter the workforce in the next few years.” Click To Tweet
Conventional Versus More Creative Resume Formats
Will traditional resumes go the way of the dinosaur? The quick answer is No. Even with the current changes in the job market, some industries still prefer the conventional style.
But new styles are starting to appear in other industries. Companies are screening applicants based on their online information (social media profiles, websites), video resumes, and infographic resumes.
How can someone make an impressive CV for getting a job?
If your industry or the company you are applying for is more traditional, then you want to create an impressive resume or CV. A resume is a concise, one to two page document that can be tailored to best describe your skills and experience for the job you are applying for.
A Curriculum Vitæ, or CV, is your career biography. It covers your education and other accomplishments like publications, awards, honours etc. It can be two pages or more in length.
Some tips to keep in mind to create an impressive and professional looking resume:
- Create a different resume for each job opening you apply for.
- Start your resume with a sincere “mission statement”.
- Make it easy to read. Choose a font that is easy to read, and leave lots of white space on the page. According to a study, “recruiters will spend approximately 6 seconds reviewing your resume.”
- Keep it focused. Stick only to skills and experiences that qualify you for the job.
- Check your online persona matches your resume. Your employer will search for you on LinkedIn.
- Mention hobbies and interests at the bottom of your resume.
- Check your resume for spelling and grammar errors.
How To Create A Resume That Differentiates You
If it works for your industry, you can create a resume that differentiates you. You can build an online presence or portfolio, create a video resume, or design an infographic resume.
You’ll want to stand out from the crowd when you see what you’re competing against if you apply to a medium to large size company:
Build an Online Presence: Social Media & Website Portfolio
In a gig economy, writing the conventional two page resume may not be necessary. Your online footprint becomes more important.
Your prospective employer or client will search online for your LinkedIn profile for work history and shared content. They may look for your social media accounts such as Facebook and Instagram.
Having a website to showcase your work portfolio, or building a portfolio on an online platform becomes more important than having a resume.
According to these workforce training statistics,
- More than 90 percent of employers are using some form of social media in their quest to find new talent.
- Most recruiters find résumé reading to be their least preferred method for finding good talent; networking, word-of-mouth, and blog and social media postings are more preferred.
- For every 10 minutes you spend on your résumé , you should spend an hour on LinkedIn.
- 73 percent of recruiters have hired someone who was introduced or discovered through a social media/networking site.
Creating A Video Resume
Video resumes are on the rise as more job seekers look for ways to stand out from the crowd. I personally prefer to hire candidates for my team using video resumes, not conventional paper resumes, because they give me a clearer sense of the applicant’s personality.
I also train my High Ticket Closers ™ to get comfortable in front of a camera and record video resumes on camera.
It depends on employer preference whether you decide whether to submit a paper or video resume. If you hire based on video resumes, you don’t have to wait until the in-person interview to get a sense of what the applicant is like.
If you have a choice in your application, send a video resume for the following situations:
- Showing your skills in performance-based work (acting, teaching, presenting).
- Showing off your personality for client-facing jobs.
Some caveats to keep in mind when creating a video resume:
- There’s a high risk of the script, filming style, or location being inappropriate.
- Some hiring managers will not view video resumes, fearing claims of discrimination in the hiring process.
How do you create an attractive video resume?
If a video resume has the best chance of snagging you that job with a prospective employer or client, keep these tips in mind:
- Be professional: Dress the way you would for an interview, and act and speak professionally on camera. Pay attention to the background, noise level, and lighting. You can even record yourself on your smartphone.
- Prepare a script: You want to sound natural, but you should have a sense of what you want to say. Answer why the company should hire you, and point out your major goals, skills, and accomplishments.
- Know your audience: A video for an established company will be different than for a startup.
- Show, don’t tell: Show yourself preparing a PowerPoint, speaking at an event, teaching, or acting onstage if these skills are relevant to the job.
- Keep it brief: Videos should be between 30 to 90 seconds. Anything longer is not likely to be watched.
- Share with friends and family: Get feedback and make edits and changes based on their comments.
- Show links: Add your name, contact information, and links to relevant social media accounts on your video.
Remember that once your video is on the internet, you lose control of who sees it. Be 100% sure that your video is how you want people to see you before you share it.
Some tips on video resume don’ts:
- Keep your resume professional: Don’t link to social media accounts that you don’t want employers to see. Be aware of social media accounts that are publicly accessible.
- Your video resume might not replace your paper one. Some employers don’t want a video resume, or they are concerned about discrimination issues. But a talented video can increase your chances for employment.
Watch this video on why I don’t look at resumes when I hire for my team.
I don't believe in resumes.Watch this video to find out why. Then comment below.Would you hire based on resume or not and why?
Posted by Dan Lok on Tuesday, February 5, 2019
How do employers feel about infographic resumes versus traditional resumes?
Infographics have been gaining popularity as an engaging way to present information. They condense information into images and text so that viewers can quickly grasp the most vital details.
An infographic resume can get you more attention and can be used as a marketing document. But the concept is so new that not all employers are ready to hire applicants using this highly creative method.
According to an infographic resume guide, here are some pros and cons to this innovative approach.
- Stand out from the crowd. This method is so new that you’re almost guaranteed to stand out from other applicants.
- Demonstrate your creativity and talent. The sky’s the limit to how you want to display your skills using text, numbers, and graphics.
- Take control of telling your story. You’re not following conventional resume styles, so this allows you to show some of your personality.
- Be a better networker. This format is easy to share with your social contacts if someone in your network knows someone who is hiring.
- Not suited for every industry/role. Some industries prefer a more conservative approach to applications.
- A bad version makes a bad impression. The employer will be judging you on your artistic skills, even if you aren’t applying to be a graphic designer.
- Not accepted for some job applications. Some companies have an established, efficient method for screening applicants.
What Are The Best Skills To Have On A Resume?
- Regardless of whether you choose to make a traditional resume, or try a more unconventional style, there are some points you must cover when applying for a job.
- In the gig economy, skills have become more important than education. Prospective employers and clients are more interested in what you have accomplished and samples of your work than in how you learned your skills.
The top skills to have on your resume are: teamwork, leadership, communication, computer skills, and time management.
There are also soft skills and hard skills that get you to the top of the applicant pile.
Employers value soft skills – interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and social skills – that make you the ideal candidate. Here is a list of 15 of the most desired soft skills.
- Communication (written and oral)
- Hardworking (work ethic, initiative)
- Organization Skills
- Flexibility (adaptability, willingness to change)
- Integrity (honesty, ethical)
- Teamwork (ooperative, supportive)
- Professionalism (properly dressed)
- Interpersonal Skills (patience, empathy)
- Critical-thinking (ability to solve problems)
- Responsibility (reliable, self-disciplined)
- Positive Attitude (optimism, confidence)
- Attention to Detail
- Persuasiveness (e.g. for sales roles)
Hard skills are what you learned through training or school, and they’re what you need to perform a particular job. They vary from job to job, so here is an example of 10 hard skills.
- Search Engine Optimization
- Computer Programming
- Graphic Design
- Database Management
- Project Management
What do employers generally dislike on resumes?
When writing a resume, it’s just as important to be aware of your resume DON’Ts. Here is a list of 15 things that could prevent you from getting a job.
- Your email address is “firstname.lastname@example.org.” Unless you’re a professional athlete, use an email address that contains your name.
- Writing a novel, or having huge chunks of text. Don’t exceed two pages, and leave lots of white space.
- Naming your high school. Three to five years after college, you can move your “Education” section to the bottom of your resume.
- You have two degrees, but only one GPA. Employers will wonder why you didn’t mention the other GPA. When you have enough work experience, remove GPAs from your resume.
- Listing every technology, language, or subject you know. Unless you have a higher than average mastery of that technology or language, leave them out. List only subjects that are relevant to the job.
- You’re “Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.” Most employers assume you can use all three. But if you have a higher than average proficiency, then mention it.
- Formatting that is all over the place. Use consistent margins and formats.
- Starting off with a generalized summary. List key skills instead
- Your verb tenses are inconsistent. Use the past tense if you’re talking about a job you’ve finished, and present tense for a job you’re still doing.
- Listing your responsibilities, but not your accomplishments. Your results are a better description of your abilities, such as, “Grew ecommerce sales by 23%.”
- Listing outdated or irrelevant experience. Don’t list experience for a job you did 10 years ago unless it’s relevant to the current job. Also, don’t include your babysitting job experience if you’re applying for a bank job.
- Not explaining your gaps. If you took a year off work, it’s better to address it upfront.
- Your resume is inconsistent with your LinkedIn profile.
- Unprofessional email copy. If you don’t have a clear subject line or well written email, your resume may not get opened.
- Giving your document vague names or version names. “Resume.doc” or “Bill_Smith_Writer_Jobs_Updated_Resume2019.doc”. Include your name in the file name, and don’t appear as if you’re applying to several jobs.
What Skills Do You Need For Remote Jobs?
To succeed in the gig economy, workers must be more independent and responsible. They are their own boss and manage and find their own work.
Their resume must prove to an employer that they may never meet that they have the ideal skills for remote work and the skills for the job.
The top skills you’ll need for remote work include:
- Pro in managing time: Delivering results on time is important, as well as providing examples of how fast and efficiently you finished projects.
- Best in networking: Many jobs are now advertised on professional social platforms like LinkedIn, so having networking connections increases your chances of finding remote jobs.
- Adept in using technology: Technology is very important in keeping your connected to your employer for remote work. Also, it is a hard skill that increases your value in the job market. Do you know computer languages? Do you have specialized knowledge of computer products? List them.
- Balance work and family: People who work from home work around their family. Include how you are able to multitask and still meet deadlines.
- Independent troubleshooter: This is one of the most important soft skills you want to include as a remote worker. Your employer wants to know that you are independent.
- Excellent communicator: When it comes to collaborative projects, you must show that you are a team player. You will need to show that you can communicate in a timely manner using channels like Slack and Telegram.
- Extremely proactive: You’re your own manager when you work remotely. Employers want to know that you are self-driven and self-motivated.
- Be flexible: Companies hire remote workers because of their flexibility. They expect you to have a range of abilities. If you work in customer care, they may ask you to prepare a monthly report.
- Quick learner: As a fast learner, you can pick up new skills and traits without losing time. You will also be a greater asset to the company.
- Result driven: The first expectation that companies have of remote workers is their ability to deliver results. Highlight your achievements and awards when applying for remote work.
- Organized: If you are organized, then you will be incredibly productive, and you’ll be able to juggle work and family time.
How Do You Make The Skills Section Shine?
The gig economy has created a new kind of worker – one with more autonomy and flexibility than employees. Their independence also means they take more risk and responsibility for their skills development, income, and choice of work.
Employers look for a certain set of skills from remote workers. They expect that you can be an independent troubleshooter, and that you are results driven.
When writing your resume, include relevant soft skills and hard skills that are relevant to the job that you’re applying for.
An extra tip for writing resumes is adding numbers. It’s one way to quantify your accomplishments and make your resume outstanding.
Add metrics, data, or any kind of statistics help employers to see the impact you made. These numbers also make your experience more substantial. For example, instead of saying, “wrote press releases” say “wrote 10 press releases per week”.
To decide what numbers to include, think about what can be enhanced with a number.
If you work in sales, then include sales volume, profitability, performance, or people-oriented numbers. If you don’t have precise numbers, give a range. For example, “edited 5–7 whitepapers per week” or “managed a budget exceeding $500,000.”
Another way to think of it is to look at how you impacted the company or client’s money, time, and people.
Some Examples Of Great Resumes
If you’re looking for inspiration for writing eye-catching resumes, there are some excellent resources you can find online. This website explains what to put on a resume and provides examples of resumes for different occupations.
If you have a specific industry or job title in mind, this website lets you search by category, and then gives tips and examples for putting together a resume for a specific job type.
A very comprehensive resource for resume samples is this website which allows you to search by category, then job title. From there, you can choose to create your own resume or see the resume of a junior worker or more experienced worker. You will also find lists of skills and certificates to include.
For those who have always hated writing the traditional, dreaded resume, the gig economy is bringing a welcome change. The number of remote and freelance workers is on the increase, and the way they market themselves and find jobs sets them apart from the 9 to 5 workers.
These job seekers command a different skill set than employees because of their independence and flexibility. Certain soft skills become more important in these jobs, such as organization, because of the worker’s autonomy. A wider variety of hard skills is advantageous for remote work because gig workers are expected to take charge of their own professional development.
Conventional ways of writing resumes are also changing. An online presence and portfolio can be just as important as a paper resume. Some employers are accepting video resumes and infographic resumes.
No matter which type of resume format you choose, having a professional approach to your job application is just as important as the skills you highlight. In the gig economy, job seekers must be knowledgeable about the industry to best decide what type of resume will land them their ideal jobs.
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