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Be On Top With the Top 12 Resume Writing Tips

17 Dec 2015 9:19 AM | Anonymous

Brenda Bernstein
The Essay Expert

Each year, the Career Thought Leaders Consortium publishes findings from their annual Global Career Brainstorming Day. My particular interest lies in resume trends. Here are the Top 12 findings in the resume category from the most recent summit:

1. Resumes are not dead!

Every job seeker still needs one to present to employers, recruiters and network contacts. That said, the LinkedIn profile is becoming as important if not more important as an entry point and must be crafted to complement, NOT duplicate, the information in the resume.

2. Brevity Reigns

The 3-page resume, however, is going extinct. Keep your resume succinct and preferably to one or two pages, even if you are a high-level executive. This means concise writing, short paragraphs, brief lists of bullet points, and good organization and branding to assist the reader in quickly assessing your strengths. The top third of the first page is prime real estate.

3. Extra Extra! Leverage Addenda

Addenda are welcome attachments to short resumes when you have additional accomplishments to convey that did not make it onto the two-pager.

4. Keep it Chronological

Stay away from functional resumes. Hybrids are okay but reverse-chronological resumes are still the preferred format for recruiters and hiring managers.

5. Smart-phone Savvy

Keep in mind that some people will be reading your resume on their phones. This means you need good headlines and a compelling top third to half of the resume to encourage scrolling down.

6. RoboResumes

Keep ATS systems in mind. Preptel is a good way to make sure your resume is formatted properly to make it through the system.

7. Retro Resumes

Resume paper is still in style for when you present your resume in person! And it’s “retro” – you can send your resume in an actual envelope and perhaps get some positive attention for taking the time to do so in this email-centric world.

8. Hyperlink it!

Put links on your resume. QR codes are becoming popular, as well as other URLs that link to additional material about the job seeker.

9. Be human

Don’t skip the community service, continuing education, civic background, etc. Your character is being evaluated more than ever! And you are encouraged to put a testimonial on your resume. Why say it yourself when you can have someone else say it for you?

10. There’s no one-size fits all.

You need a different resume for each position you apply for, and then you need separate versions for the recruiter, the hiring manager, and the ATS software. How overwhelming can that be? That’s what career professionals and resume writers are here for. Hopefully we can make the process just a bit less overwhelming.

11. Vital Stats

You don’t need to include your street address in your resume header anymore! DO include your LinkedIn URL, web address if you have one, your city and state, ONE phone number and ONE email address.

12. Ever heard of Twitrez?

If you are media-savvy, you may have used the Twitrez tool to communicate your value proposition in a series of 10 tweets, 140 characters each. The idea is that each message can stand on its own and the combined 1400 characters “create a cohesive overview of a candidate’s core qualifications and value.” Or maybe you’ve tweeted your twesume?

It’s important as a resume writer or job seeker to keep up with current trends. Thank you to Career Thought Leaders for providing these annual updates with guidelines to keep your job search current!

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