As an online executive for start-ups and Global 50’s and as volunteer Chairman with non-profit Young Life, I’ve directed hundreds of Millennials.  Ali called today asking for resume assistance, and here were my tips.

Seven thoughts for 20-somethings who seek to prepare a professional resume.

  1. Promote skills first, not old jobs.  Instead of the classic chronological resume, detail business skills learned.  How exactly did your non-profit volunteer job provide marketing, sales, operations, finance or management experience?

  2. If you can’t fix it, feature it.Dad taught me this one.  How did you grow after a failure, a bad GPA, a ski-bum period, or a lay-off?

  3. Dates, dollars, deliverables.  Demonstrate an ability to be detail-oriented by presenting prior accomplishments with relevant specifics.

  4. Keep it to one page.  Take time to filter the fluff.  “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” – Mark Twain

  5. People, process, platforms.  How did you tackle a challenge?  Detail how you motivated people or set-up an innovative process or used a new technology.

  6. Highlight a success story.Capture my heart with your encouraging story of when a smart, passionate, charming and energetic underdog added value.

  7. Prove that you’re a change-agent.   Yes, you have new ideas but can you compel others to participate?  Are you an indispensible linchpin?

Millennials will comprise 50% of the workforce by 2020.  Best adventures to you as you seek to literally rule the world.

Scott Harris

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1 Comment

  1. Anne Marie

    February 6, 2012

    Which Point Shoul be first in our resume are mentioned very well.What should be mentioned in oure resume to impress the interviewer to get the job are very well described .