Resume Trends for 2015 and Beyond
Resume writing is constantly shifting and changing. Although resumes are only one part of the job search journey, they are still a vital requirement in every job seeker’s toolbox. Compile a resume incorrectly and you could find yourself being overlooked by employers and losing out on opportunities to advance your career.
Yet it can be challenging to know what is trending as ‘current and savvy’ in resume writing versus ‘old-fashioned and obsolete’. In order to increase resume success you need to keep abreast of evolving advances.
Career Professionals of Canada recently hosted a virtual career summit, which included panel discussions on a wealth of modern job search topics. One of the sessions focused exclusively on resume writing tips for today and beyond.
As one of the expert panelists in the session “The Resume That you Need Today”, I shared ideas and insights on how to keyword optimize your resume – a critical resume trend. Panelists in this session also discussed modern resume developments and current resume design. These excellent tips will be applicable and significant this year, next year, and beyond.
If you are a job seeker searching for current resume writing guidelines, the summarized tips from the session below are sure to set you down the right path.
• Brevity and more concise content are growing in importance. Even more targeted positioning, messaging, and branding are required to market oneself. Resumes need easy-to-follow and easily digestible points.
• Short branding statements are replacing lengthier resume profiles.
• As ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) continue to advance, so does the need for compatible resume formats. Job seekers must use the appropriate resume format when applying for online positions.
• Employers spend the majority of time reviewing the most recent role in a resume, so these roles must captivate and pack a lot of immediate punch.
• With the changing economy it is becoming more common to see short-term contract, multiple part-time roles, or diverse industry experience in a resume. The key is presenting varied work history in a relevant format that still aligns with targeted job requirements.
• Infographic and video resumes are gaining momentum. When used correctly, for the right industries, these visual resumes can help job seekers stand out.
• Integrating the right keywords in a resume increases the chances of the document being read – either electronically or by an actual person.
• Overuse or misuse of keywords is cautioned. Only add keywords to a resume in proper context, supporting them with examples of application and impact.
• If content is king in a resume; design is queen (for non-ATS applications). Spend equal amounts of time on content AND format. Employ savvy design components to attract attention, make certain elements stand out and, guide the reader through the document.
• Modern resumes commonly contain hints of color, unique section headers, different fonts, italics, decorative lines, charts, images, testimonials, or boxed text to capture and keep the reader’s eye.
• Finally, remember that resumes are career story-telling and not career obituaries. Avoid generic tasks or boring job overviews and focus on results, achievements, and accomplishments. Always demonstrate value.
Posted by Adrienne Tom
03/10/2015 | 09:00 AM