January 31, 2011 | Karen, online education | Leave a comment There’s one last day in January, so let’s take one more look at finding a jobâ€¦Get out your resume, dust it off, find that old computer floppy disk. Do whatever you need to do to get it up to date. What does that mean? Well, today’s resumes are a lot different than those of old. I remember my first resume was basically my educational experience and some highlights from my experience on the college newspaper. Then I got the first job, the second and the third. But I kept that all-important document at one tight, terse little page. Why? Because that’s what the “experts” always said you should do. Guess what? New experts are out there. And there are new rules for resumes. Remember Kim Bishop? Our interview was amazing. She talked to me about my resume and what I need to be doing differently. And I was very surprised by her advice. I’ve got to get back into that document and start writing. “The role of the resume is dramatically different,” Bishop said. “It used to be that your resume was your advertisement about yourself. If the hiring company was interested, they would bring you in for an interview and you could share the rest of your story. Today, the job market is so different and the job market has changed. The resume really has to share all of your skills and experiences.” Remember Bishop? Her new book, Get Down to Business and You’ll Get the Job, is a practical how-to guide with proven advice to anyone looking for a job, considering a career change or eager to re-enter the workforce. She has more than 20 years of business experience. She is founder and CEO of Kimberly Bishop, a career management and leadership services company based in New York. She also received several top awards and accolades, such as being one of the “World’s Most Influential Headhunters” by Business Week magazine. So what do recruiters think about a one-page resume? Sadly, not a whole lot, Bishop says. “(Recruiters) set your resume against the job stack; are you qualified? Then, they’ll bring you in for the interview,” Bishop said. So that means the resume is all-importantâ€¦And it has to really tell your story. Hence the myth of the one-page resume. “People do all of this chopping, condensing to have it all on one page. To do that today I think is a mistake,” Bishop said. “You resume needs to be as long as it needs to be to represent all of your strengths. â€¦ What you want to do is to layout what your skills and experiences are in a way that you’re not cutting things out. It needs to be the appropriate length to show what you’ve done.” Okay. I’ll get to work on it and add more of my best qualities. What else has changed? Forget Elle Woods – remember that character from “Legally Blonde”? She loved to send out her information on pink paper. Today, no one worries about the “nice” paper or fancy colors. Instead, think about your formatting. “So much is done today online. Most resumes are emailed. Because these resumes are getting emailed and put into databases, some of that fancy stuff can work against you because it doesn’t work in the database. It’s about the content,” Bishop said. All right. I’m feeling pretty confident that I have done enough in my professional and personal lives that I can fill more than one page. (Thank goodness!) I’m sure you have as well. Get out the resume, sharpen your typing skills and get busy. There is a wide world of jobs out there. There’s no reason you should be unemployed. You are ready to work, girl!