Resume 2.0

In this pervasively digital age, is the traditional “paper” resume obsolete?

I started thinking about this question when I stumbled upon some articles introducing the “visual resume”. What is a “visual resume”, you may ask? Essentially, with the advent of user-friendly design software, free images, a creative approach and good ol’ Powerpoint, you can set up a visual representation of your resume – which may be more impactful in helping you stand out from among a plethora of other potential job candidates.

My initial reaction to this idea was one of wonder: “Wow! What a great idea! I’m done with boring paper resumes – this is the future!” But as I thought about it further, I also realised: contrary to common misconceptions that it’s “out with the old and in with the new” especially when it comes to digital media, digital media merely expands the channels for communications rather than replaces them (hrm… something to expand on in another post).

Still, the idea of visual resumes are quite compelling and this is the presentation that set me off on them:

Powerful Points for Powerpoint

Throughout the course of your life, you’ll probably end up view several thousand presentations. Whether it’s at work or even in a social setting (like church), you will encounter many, many attempts at visual communications. Some of it will be pretty good, much of it (unfortunately) continues to be pretty bad. So bad, in fact, that it actually detracts from what would otherwise be a great presentation.

This year, let’s kick off with a better attempt at giving better presentations with visual aids.

To start off, here’s a great summary of some of the best practices that I use in my presentations. From here, I’ll also encourage you to check out (more about Slideshare soon).

5 Critical Areas Every Manager Must Be Adept In

As I continue to grow more and more into leadership and management roles within my current organisation, I find insights and advice like this increasingly helpful. It’s pretty amazing that, in the grand scheme of things, organisations tend to end up valuing “leadership” and “management” skills far more than mere “technical” skills.

Once, when I was trying to understand the world of C-level executives, I asked someone who was in such a position: “What do you do, actually?” I really liked his response: “What you can do, I can’t necessarily do. But what I can do, you can too. In the end, people come to me for decisions.” In short – leadership and management skills can often trump technical expertise, in an organisation.

So, coming across this collection of ideas on leadership and management via BNet InsightsThe Corner Office blog, was pretty helpful. I’m collated and summarised the findings into a single reference point now for convenience and future reference.

5 Critical Areas Every Manager Must Be Adept In

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