Out With the Old, In With the New: 3 Resume Trends

Posted by The Editors on December 30, 2011
Out With the Old, In With the New: 3 Resume Trends

As you toast to fresh starts in the New Year this weekend, why not add “an updated resume” to your list of resolutions? If you’ve been using the same one for the past year or so, it may be time to give your one-page pitch a revamp. Here are three trends to consider when you’re brainstorming ideas to update your resume:

1. Video Resumes
As my fellow blogger Julie points out, when applying for a position that requires some risk-taking, creative thinking, and an interest in following trends (i.e. arts, advertising, journalism, PR), a video resume could push you to the top of the candidate pool. Just beware of that if done incorrectly, a video resume can make you look a fool.

2.  Multi-Page Resumes
One-page resumes are so 2011. Stop shrinking the font size to force everything onto one page—it’s barely readible. Two-page resumes are definitely acceptable, and in some cases (if you have more than ten years of work experience), three-page resumes are fine. 

3.  Simplified Wording
This past month LinkedIn released its annual list of the most overused words and phrases in its 135 million member profiles. The results are hardly surprising, yet many of us can admit to having these buzzwords on our resumes. Learn from LinkedIn’s list: Keep your resume wording clear, concise, and gimmick-free.

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