Resume Trends to Follow for the New Year

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Resume Trends to Follow for the New Year

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If you aren’t seeking the help of a professional resume writer, it’s important to at least stay on top of today’s most effective resume-writing styles and techniques. A resume stuck in the 80’s or even the 90’s is cause for trouble. Today’s employers review and process resumes much differently than in earlier years.

Here are the major resume trends to follow:

Include only what’s relevant
Today’s resume must captivate the employer immediately. It must instantly inform the employer how you are relevant and what you bring to the table that it’ll value. When the resume includes irrelevant information, it dilutes your value proposition (or brand message). Now’s the time to take out the outdated certifications and skills as well as old internships and work experiences that are irrelevant or that don’t allow you to showcase skills that matter. Just making these minor changes allows you to hone in on key points that’ll captivate the employer. And while there is no set rule on resume length, it is still preferable to keep the resume as tight and succinct as possible. No recruiter is going to want to review a 10-page resume.

Take out the fluff and focus on proven experience
Unfortunately, many of those writing their own resume tend to add meaningless fluff. Yes, innovative and hardworking sounds good and are valuable traits to have, but to today’s employers it’s just another bunch of words to glaze over. Employers may receive hundreds of resumes each day and without proven evidence of your experience, it’s meaningless. Demonstrate how you utilized certain skills on the job to obtain results that’ll impress the employer.

Pair the resume up with your LinkedIn profile
Today’s employers aren’t simply putting up job postings and waiting for resumes to pour in. Recruiters are actively hunting for the best talent, particularly on social networking sites like LinkedIn. At some point in the process even if you’ve applied for the job using your resume, you can bet the employer is also trying to find other information on you. One of the first places employers are looking is on LinkedIn for your profile. Make sure the top of your resume where you have your name and contact details also includes information directing employers and recruiters to your LinkedIn profile. And remember, the resume and LinkedIn profile aren’t meant to be identical. They are two separate marketing tool you can utilize to showcase your experience, talent, and skills. If you’ve maintained a professional Twitter handle where you are actively sharing field related information, it can also benefit to include that as well.

Don’t forget the keywords
Don’t assume your resume will be accepted and reviewed manually. In many cases, employers are resorting to the applicant tracking system (ATS) to filter resumes – pulling only the most relevant and qualified candidates based on a set of keywords it’s instructed to search for on resumes. If the job posting indicates required skills, be sure those keywords are plugged into your resume as you summarize your Profile Summary and in the details of your Work Experience. For more tips, read: “Optimizing Your Resume with Keywords.”

Protect your personal information
Unlike the days of the paper resume, anything you send across email or upload to the Internet becomes easy access for all. To protect your personal information, don’t include your full address on the resume. All you need to include is your city, state and zip code.

Keeping up with resume trends and applying them to your writing will have the next big job opportunity waiting for you in no time!