Guest Author: Mark Larson
Website: Resume Index
Anyone who has made a resume would know how confusing it is. Everyone you consult or discuss your resume with has some opinion or another about what information it should include and how it should be laid out. However, there are some aspects of a resume that everyone would agree with. These aspects change with time, and the beginning of a new year brings with it some new trends in resume building. Here are some of the latest aspects of resume building that will help you craft a resume suitable for 2012:
1. Get Rid of the ‘Objective’ Statements
There was a time when a good resume was recognized by the presence of a career objective or a professional summary, or even both. This year, the practice of including such statements has died out for the simple reason that they waste a lot of space on the resume. Minimalistic statements are the latest trend in resumes this year, so it is time you cut down your elaborate objective and summary statements to a single line that says how the position being applied for will help in moving your career forward. You need to get to the point quickly and begin with relevant facts for job applications, like your professional achievements.
2. Add Facts and Figures
Another trend is the addition of concise facts and figures in your resume. These figures have to be real, of course, and indicative of your achievements. For example, you can say that you increased the sales in your region by ‘20%’ instead of writing ‘substantially’. This year, it is time to bring down the number of broad and generic terms used in your resume and add concrete numbers as proof of your abilities. You can get ideas for ways to do this by looking at resume examples online. This makes your resume seem more realistic rather than a sales pitch.
3. Bring Back your Cover Letter
Cover letters were a controversial topic among recruiters- some of them preferred it and considered it to be a sign that the applicant genuinely wanted the job, while others considered them a waste of time. This year, however, cover letters are being looked at positively. A well-written letter can improve your job prospects and also add a personal touch to your resume. However, you should not use just one cover letter for all job applications. Alter your cover letter for each specific job application.
4. Use the Right Keywords
You can make a recruiter’s job a lot easier by adding keywords from the job requirement on your resume, and this will help create a positive impression about yourself. It is time to stop using useless jargon on your resume and start adding certain keywords from the job posting. These keywords can also be added to your cover letter.
5. Use a Quick Response Code
Technology is catching up with traditional job hunting, and the latest addition is the Quick Response Code or QR code. This code is a barcode added to the back of a business card and a resume that can be scanned by a smartphone. Once scanned, it can link recruiters to your online portfolio or your LinkedIn profile page.
6. Get Creative with your Resume
This year, winning resumes need to wow the recruiter. You can use visual tools to present your professional information in an easier way. Alternatively, you can also make a resume video to show your talent and personality in a fun and engaging way. Just remember to send out your traditional resume as well.