Tips to Boosting the Resume for Today’s Modern Day
While the methods to job searching have changed quite a bit with social media available, like LinkedIn and Twitter, the traditional resume format has not so much. Yes, there are a few parts to the resume that have become defunct, like the Objective statement and “References available upon request,” but overall it still has the same look. As for content on the resume, there are some new approaches all job seekers should apply for today’s modern day.
Back in the day resumes were submitted on paper and mostly reviewed on paper. Today, employers are reviewing resumes from smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers. This has opened the opportunity to showcase more information without bombarding the reader with too much, simply through hyperlinks. It’s also helped streamline the process for employers to make contact with job seekers.
Tip to boost the resume for today’s modern day: Under your contact information, hyperlink your email address and add an active link to your LinkedIn profile. Also since a digital resume means the opportunity to share information publicly, eliminate the chance of identity theft by removing your address and simply including your city, state, and zip code.
Add a summary headliner
It’s time to say good-bye to the Objective statement if it’s still on your resume. In the old days, the Objective stated: “This what I want.” Today, employers aren’t looking to hear what you want, but what you can offer that they want/need. And that’s where the Summary comes in – a short overview defining your experience, skills, and career highlights in a way that expresses relevance and that you can do the job, and do it well. It is a tailored message, unlike the Objective statement that may remain unchanged regardless of which employer you apply to.
Tip to boost the resume for today’s modern day: Present a Summary with a Headliner. What this means on the resume is you’re not labelling the section as “Executive Summary” or “Profile Summary,” but coming out with your brand message, like “Clinical Research Professional with Cancer Pharmaceuticals Experience.” The benefit of a Summary Headliner like this is it also optimizes your resume for keyword relevance when employers are searching for talent of your type or skimming through your resume.
Indicate skills and how you apply it
The Skills section on the resume is still an important component to your overall message, but instead of simply labeling the section “Skills” and doing a laundry list of applications you’re certified in, indicate how those skills are applied to bring about business results. It’s not so much listing your skills anymore, it’s more about informing the employer how good you are at using it and what you can do with it.
Tip to boost the resume for today’s modern day: Plug the information into your Work Experience section. Inform the employer about the situation/challenge, how you applied the skill to the situation, and ultimately what results where gained out of it. In some instances, you can even consider taking the entire ‘Skills’ section off the resume and expanding details on it in the ‘Work Experience’ section.
Don’t get overly creative with design
In the past it was about selecting a nice colored paper to print the resume on and maybe even adding graphics or a table to the resume. Today, those creative design elements don’t matter so much and when you get overly creative on design it can even hurt your chances. Many larger companies are relying on applicant tracking system (ATS) software to help narrow down the selection of candidates for review, so a resume including graphics and tables won’t necessarily be seen and may complicate matters in terms of the software reading your resume’s content.
Tip to boost the resume for today’s modern day: Keep formatting simple with basic features like bullet points and bold typeface to help highlight areas of importance. Avoid using the Header to input your contact information and don’t include text within tables because the ATS can’t read it. Knowing what keywords to use and how to use it also ensures your resume gets a good ranking when it comes to search results. For more tips, read: “Optimizing Your Resume with Keywords.”
In many ways, the changes to resume writing for today’s modern day are more simplified and help streamline the process of getting the right information into the employer’s hands. Apply these methods to your resume writing and see improved results!