When it comes to building out your résumé in the digital age, there’s a whole new checklist to consider, from one’s mastery of power verbs to, as Business and Professional Communication Quarterly now reports, community feedback. That’s right—the secret to crafting the perfect résumé lies in crowdsourced constructive criticism.
According to a study by the University of Minnesota, assistant professor of business communications Abram Anders has found that the key to landing a well-targeted, laser-focused résumé lies in the power of the group. “Other people can help us understand that impression that we are creating with our resumes,” he explains. “It is a great opportunity to get a reality check on the message we are sending.”
So the next time you’re prepping your résumé to send to prospective employers, be sure to tap your professional network so they can weigh in on your skillset. Ahead, Anders shares a few résumé writing tips that will help you land your dream job.
Use Tech to Your Advantage
Anders advocates workshopping your résumé with a small group via Google Docs. You’ll get the benefit of multiple eyes on the page, allowing your friends to share their tried-and-true résumé writing tips in real time.
“Even when working on something as personal as a résumé, [professionals] can benefit from a collaborative approach,” states Anders. “Consider inviting several trusted friends to revise their résumés along with you in Google Doc or using another collaborative writing tool.”
Crowdsource Constructive Criticism
Just how many friends should you phone? A handful, says Anders. “Groups of at least four to five people is where you really start to see diversity and variety in what people bring to the table.” Together, colleagues can brainstorm how to tailor a résumé to appeal to a specific employer and offer constructive criticism that leads to more clearly articulated skills and experience.
Job hunting can be a solitary affair if you let it. Establishing a support system to garner feedback and support can not only boost your résumé appeal but also potentially result in new leads. After all, there’s strength in numbers.
Widen Your Professional Network
Job hunting can be a solitary affair. Establishing a support system to garner feedback and support can not only boost your résumé appeal but also potentially result in new leads. After all, there’s strength in numbers.
Would you use collaborative problem solving to write a résumé? Do you have any standout résumé writing tips to share? Tell us in the comments below.
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This post was originally published on September 29, 2015, and has been updated by Megan Beauchamp.