My brother is a 25-year-old college graduate that attempted to enter the work force in 2010 and was hit with the tough reality that he wasn’t special… yet. His resume was in a pile with fifty other graduates with very similar educational backgrounds, all competing for the same job.
Even though I am not currently seeking a new employment opportunity, it’s a tough reality that all of us can relate to. This dilemma makes me ask myself: how can we differentiate ourselves? My answer to that questions is this blog.
I believe that the future will look much different when it comes to working with a recruiter. We will no longer have resumes that are simple word documents filled with educational highlights and previous work experiences. The format fails to show who we are as people and what we value most. Instead, I believe the wave of the future will allow us to show our personality in a new way. People will own their own domain name and populate the site with content that shows accomplishments, personalities and work ethic. Think of it as one destination where Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogs converge, giving a future employer an all-in-one location to see every aspect of your life (the good as well as the colorful).
The late Steve Jobs once said, “life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact and that is everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you.”
With that advice in mind, I encourage you to have the courage to think different and discover new ways to make yourself stand out in this very crowded environment.