A Traditional Resume or a more Unique way of Advertising your Skills to prospective employers?

We live in a new world. One where technology tends to drive nearly every portion of our daily lives. Why not let technology take us to our next employer? Why not drop former “traditions” for more innovative ones. Many recruiting experts wonder if the traditional resume hasn’t been replaced. Especially in the age of social sites like Linkedin.

It is true that networking with potential employers has become easier now that we can connect with the world, and specifically with employment professionals. An electronic format makes it much easier for that connection to take place. Should that mean that the style and format changes as well? An interesting fact is that when a hiring manager reads a resume one of the next steps is to search online for social media pages the applicant participates in.

Is an online profile the same thing as an online resume? Many people think that it is. However, there are plenty of differences between the two. Despite the fact that LinkedIn has become widely popular and almost necessary when you’re looking for a job, job seeking still hangs on a static, “offline” resume.

To get hired you should make sure that your online profiles, as well as your resume, highlight you and the skills you posess. For that, you should know in what way are the two different.

Here are A few key differences between the resume and online profile:

* Different purpose

The purpose of a resume is to get an interview and lastly, get hired. The main goal of an online profile like LinkedIn is to network with other people from your industry and help you stay in the loop about what’s happening in your specific skillset.

Your online profile should read like a story of your skills. Make your profile a biography of who you and what how your skills have been shaped by your past experiences. LinkedIn works more like a general overview of all your knowledge, skills and experiences, while a resume should match your competences with the specific job opening you’re sending your resume for.

* Keywords

Some companies utilize an applicant tracking systems (ATS) that looks for the keywords the right candidate should have in his or her resume. Recruiters often use advanced search for keywords in LinkedIn profiles. Choosing the right keywords is much easier in resumes, since every job opening contains plenty of keywords and phrases you can use.

* Details and other information

Resume should contain only details related to the job position you’re applying for. It should be no longer than 2 pages. There is no limit to how long your profile should be. In fact, there should plenty of extra material such as links, videos, presentations or your publications. The Online world offers an excellent platform to brand yourself to a vast world of business minded people. Take full advantage of this

* Pics

Be careful about your photo selection: it should be a professional headshot, “facebook-like” profile pictures are out of bonds. On LinkedIn, you can also add a background photo to your profile. Choose one that isn’t disturbing and goes well with the industry you work in.

* Focus vs. generality

An online profile should be general. Stating comments such as “Look at what I’ve done in my career so far, this is what I can do and what I know”. Your resume should be saying: “My skills and previous work experiences make me an ideal candidate for you. Here’s how your company will benefit from hiring me.”

Not only should your resume be tailored specifically to each job, you should avoid being too general in your resume. It is important to choose the right wording and structure. Unlike in your LinkedIn profile, your resume should address the hiring manager directly and communicate a different message to the one who reads it.

True Wealth.



  1. An abundance of valuable possessions or money.
  2. The state of being rich; material prosperity.
opulence – riches – affluence – richness – fortune



  1. A very large quantity of something.
  2. The quantity or amount of something, e.g., a chemical element or an animal or plant species, present in a particular area, volume,…
plenty – affluence – profusion – opulence – wealth



A large or sufficient amount or quantity; more than enough.
A situation in which food and other necessities are available in sufficiently large quantities.
Used to emphasize the degree of something: “she has plenty more ideas”.
noun. abundance – profusion – affluence – wealth – exuberance
much – quite – pretty – very – enough – sufficientlyLook at these words and think about it for a few minutes.

If Wealth is having an abundance of valuable possessions or money, What is an abundance? have you ever thought about that?

Abundance is defined as a large quantity of something. Having plenty. But what is plenty?

Plenty is defined as a large or sufficient amount, more than enough.

What do you have in your life that you have a wealth of? Interesting question. Before you answer that I would like to send you back to the definition of wealth. an interesting word is used in the definition that may give you a clue and perhaps even a fresh view of where you are and what you have. Because you see, being wealthy is not about possessions or money alone. It’s so much more.

It has been written that your treasures are where you heart is and the opposite is true as well, your heart is where your treasures are. This is done by how each of you places certain values on things. What do you value? The reason I ask is the word that is in the definition of wealth that really defines the word is VALUABLE. Used in conjunction with abundance, wealth takes on a fresh meaning.

What value do you place on yourself, your possessions and your money? What is the value you place on your current employment situation? When something is valued it is considered to be important or beneficial; you have a high opinion of it.

So, are you wealthy? Are you on the road to wealth? What are your thoughts?



The new workplace.

I had a chance to get away from the confines of both the home and company office. I needed to change the atmosphere a little so I could focus on real life situations. Yep, it was time to leave the comforts of a corporate office and get a chance to blog from the real world. It never ceases to amaze me how many meetings occur in the local Starbucks. 2 mothers with a child walking around. Business men discussing a project. And older couple catching up on personal affairs. A father and son meeting over spring break. People like me blogging, studying and utilizing social media. So, here I am in the modern workplace and hangout blogging. Thinking about how life is evolving and adapting in a rather cool way.

Yet I wonder, “have the attitudes toward money and retirement for these people evolved at the same pace”? How about you? Are you still in the same plan with the same results you’ve been getting, hoping to get something different? If you want something you haven’t had you have to do something you’ve never done. Change you surroundings. Refocus. You’ll be surprised at the outcome .

A life lesson from Gary

When I was a teenager I remember thinking that I would live forever. I had all the time in the world to do the things I needed to do in order to live a good and fulfilling life. My first job was great, I had almost more money each week than I could spend. Life was good.

When I was in my 20’s I worked for companies that offered benefits. You know, the ones that all of the older, married co-workers wanted. I could be risky. I was young. I had all the time int he world to get something established that would really work. I was 40 years from being in my 60’s. Life was good.

When I reached 40 I looked at my accounts and said, “Wow, If only I’d…………”. You know, this was one of those times when you start to reflect. I had always heard that “bad things can happen to good people”. I had heard to “lay up treasures in heaven” and “where your treasure is is where your heart also is”. From the looks at my balance sheet it was fairly evident of what I considered treasures, not to mention the credit card statements.

Now that my life has made yet another turn of a page I have learned that time and money are precious commodities and we should guard both with the same vengeance and diligence. When I was young I thought like a young man and now that I am not as young I throw away the foolishness ways of the past to be able to achieve the ultimate prize and step into a life that is free of headaches and heartaches. Especially when it comes to how I use my time and money.

Where are you today? If you are young you are in such a great position in life to learn from people who have stepped on the same path you are on. You may not see them because they are farther on the journey than you are but trust me, they are on the same path.

Thank you

>Being your best. What does that mean?

>Oprah Winfrey once said that “Doing your best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”

What is your best? To me this means that I do everything I am able to do at the time.

Living in the “now” instead of living in the past is the best place to keep our mental and physical nature. What happened in our past only happened to shape us to be the person we are n the “now”. We cannot predict our future but we can prepare for the events that come. When we do our best in the present time we are building up ourselves for anything that comes in the future.