Get an Edge with Current Resume Trends and Resume Styles

If you're starting a job hunt, you'll need to get up to date with resume trends and resume styles that may have changed since your last search.

The basic advice about resumes is simple: be honest, succinct and avoid errors. You will also want to be aware of current resume trends and the increasing variety of resume styles.

Resume trends

The summary. More job seekers are replacing the objective statement with a summary. A well-crafted overview of your most impressive qualifications at the top of the page can better convey why you're an attractive candidate. Think carefully about the words to use in your resume — especially in the summary, which should be brief and to the point.

Resume styles

Different delivery formats. HTML or Internet-friendly resumes have been used for a number of years and usually include links to work samples or more detailed information about a candidate's experience.

Another format to consider as you pursue your job hunt is the video resume. Remember, though, some companies are reluctant to accept video resumes because of concerns about potential discrimination claims. In general, it's wise to check with an employer before submitting a video resume. In addition to e-formats you may want to consider also mailing a hard copy to hiring managers to further distinguish yourself.

Avoid potential for overexposure. While technology enables a far wider distribution of your resume than was possible before, you don't want to invite excessive spam or other unwanted email by posting your resume too freely. Instead focus on making sure your materials are posted where your target audience is most likely to see them. A too-wide distribution also makes it more likely your employer will learn of your search for a new position — which can add unnecessary awkwardness to your job hunt.

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