A resume revolution is coming (excited?). Resumes are undergoing dramatic changes thanks to a competitive economy and an ever changing job market. If you want to compete in today’s job market, you will need to learn the new rules of resume writing and what is “in” in resumes.
The Changing Resume World
- Professional Summaries
Have you ever written the objective statement of a resume and thought to yourself “wow, what a corny, lame sentence”? Well, you’re not the only one. Objective statements have never been very useful, and every word in today’s resume needs to have a purpose. Enter: Professional summaries. Professional summaries are blocks (or bullet points) of your main strengths that make you right for the job. They give the hiring manager an opportunity to see why you are right for your job from the get go, without having to read through an objective statement that provides very little value.
- Resumes are Expected to be Tailored
The Internet has made it possible for jobs to receive thousands of applications for a single job. A boring resume designed to work for multiple jobs doesn’t cut it anymore. You need to write a new resume for each job in order to be successful.
- Pretty is Important
Imagine there were no words on the page. Imagine that the resume was art, and you have to look at it from far away. Does it look ugly? Does it look like you threw words on a page? Or does it look pleasing to the eye? Resumes now need to have bullet points, easily readable formatting, and need to look as good as they are written.
It is no longer acceptable to have clichéd phrases like “Excellent Communication Skills.” Everyone has excellent communication skills. You need to set yourself apart by focusing on real, tangible skills and accomplishments. Show the employer that you are better than the other 1,000 applicants, not the same as them.
The Revolution Will Be Televised
Okay, maybe the resume revolution is not as exciting as other revolutions, but there are some serious changes being made to the resume writing process. These changes drastically affect how well your resume will be received, and making these changes to your resume could be the difference between getting and not getting the job.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Replace objective statements with professional summaries.
- Write a new resume for each job you are applying for.
- Make your resume pleasing to read.
- Be original with your bullet points.