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.