I just read an article by Laura Smith-Proulx on CareerRealism. Laura writes about the latest trends in resumes to get a candidate noticed.
Are You On Top of the Curve?
The items Laura discusses are these:
While I don’t advocate a lot of frills on a resume (use of color, designer fonts, italics, bolding), if you’re a creative (eg: a web designer, graphic designer, etc.) the use of color and graphics of your work will get you noticed, and will give the hiring manager an ideal of your skill level.
- Branding Statement
This is essential. You need to stand apart from the crowd. In this economy, that might be dozens or hundreds of other equally-qualified individuals who are applying for the same position. Your branding statement might be that you’re an agent of change, you’ve helped numerous struggling companies get in the black after years of losses. It might be that you’re an innovative website designer with numerous awards. If someone comes to you, they’ll know you’ll think outside the box. The idea is that the statement personalizes your strengths, skills and abilities.
- Achievement Driven Summary
Nothing is more important in a resume than proving to a hiring manager or a recruiter that you can deliver results. A task-oriented resume won’t gain you an interview. Nor will self-serving statements such as “proven expertise in (fill in the blank)”. You need to follow a blanket statement like that with hard data – percentages of improvement, dollars saved/earned, time periods in which all of this took place. Without it, your content won’t have any weight.
Does Your Current Resume Measure Up?
If your opening summary tells the hiring manager what you want, rather than proving how you can improve his company’s bottom line, then the answer is ‘no’.
If your professional experience is simply a listing of your daily duties, don’t expect anyone to get excited.
If you’ve failed to list accomplishments that are relevant to your new career goal, you won’t be called in to interview.
For something as important as your career and a job, you need to take the time to do it right. You need to stand out. These trends will help you to do so.
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