Current Resume Trends
Use a Positioning Statement, Not an Objective
Don’t just state what you want with an objective statement; convey exactly why you are well suited for the position. Figure out the important keywords from the job description and make sure you include them so the recruiter or HR professional can scan your resume and easily see them.
Your resume is just one way to show an employer who you are, so make sure you utilize social networking sites such as LinkedIn, VisualCV or Facebook to highlight your experience as well. Build an online portfolio with LinkedIn SlideShare and upload PowerPoint presentations or publications to show off your accomplishments.
Include Social Media Contact Information on Resume
Show employers you are with the times by including your LinkedIn website, personal website, blog or Twitter handle under your contact information in addition to your address, phone number and e-mail. This will prove your resume is modern and that you are advanced technologically. Be conscientious of your privacy settings and how visitors will interpret your content.
Use Bullets, Not Paragraphs
Recognize that potential employers will only look at your resume for a few seconds. Make it easy for them to read by utilizing accomplishment-based bullet points. Do not write out long job descriptions of your daily tasks, but rather highlight your unique specialties and major accomplishments.
Whenever possible, quantify your accomplishments by providing numbers, percentages or dollar amounts. Don’t be vague; provide tangible results that show how much of an impact you made. The employer reading your resume will be impressed with these results and want you onboard to make the same type of positive change in his or her company.