Digital Style "Resume"

An article in April 8th's issue of the New York Post, "Digital resume," showcased yet another innovative approach to hiring. Tech related companies are asking job seekers to submit not a paper resume, but links to their many online activities on Twitter, Tumblr, Flicker and LinkedIn. The ultimate reason? In the words of Seth Bannon, CEO of Amicus,  "It gives you a better sense of who they are as a person."

This digital approach may never impact the majority of job seekers, but the key message here is that employers want you to provide them with insight into you as a person!

Now, I've always maintained that the resume and cover letter should reveal a person's personality, passion and purpose. Employers are not simply hiring skills. No, they are also hiring abiding interest that leads to a desire to expend energy. And, they know it's also important to hire someone who fits in with the existing team. Because I know this, I have injected a fair amount of personality into my clients' self-marketing documents.

Here are a few phrases that demonstrate how to add some flair. Note that each one "fits" a particular client's character and communication style.

"My colleagues have remarked that I am easy to get along with, which is great because as a coordinator I interact with seven divisions pretty much daily. I know they mean what they say as I see people smiling as they see me coming!"

"I am known for meticulous attention to detail, a trait that isn't always appreciated by those who are requested to address a lack of detail; however, this skill, applied with purpose and supported with growing credentials, led to my quick career progression to the executive level."

"A bundle of energy, I am also a self-described 'Queen of Communication'! All about clear, honest, and straightforward messaging, this talent has been the key element, I believe, in my consistently reaching top sales numbers, leaving each month's set quota behind in my wake!"

Don't be afraid to be yourself! Own your style, talents, skills and accomplishments. State them in a unique-to-you language and see what happens ... give the employer what he or she wants: the ability to see who you are as a person.