Let’s face it – things change! And that should include your resume. You want to make sure that it is updated, not only with our most recent job but it should also be updated to ensure that it is modern and fits in well with today’s society. Read of for the Top 5 resume tips for the modern age.
These are easy changes can help you present your career qualification in a more, professional and more importantly modern light.
Lose the objective. It is so yesterday. If you are “older”, this can make you seem to be out of touch. If you are younger, employment hiring managers might question if you would be a good fit for their company if you appear to cling to old ideas.
Use a chronological format. A chronological format lists your employment in date order with the most recent position listed first. Hiring managers can easily scan your employment history and qualifications which increases your change of securing an interview.
You should avoid a functional format for your resume. Although functional resumes focus on your skills, they can also be used by those individuals without a lot of experience or those with large gaps in their employment thereby raising a red flag to potential hiring managers. Even if they are not used for one of the reasons mentioned, they are still somewhat difficult to read.
If you have the phrase, “references furnished upon request”, remove it. Like Resume Tip #1, it is so yesterday and completely unnecessary. Any individual seeking a position should be prepared to provide references and it is just silly to include it.
It is, generally speaking, not recommended to include your photo on your resume. You should only use a photo if it is appropriate for the position. Some examples of where a photo would be beneficial would include modeling, acting, TV personality, cocktail waitress and perhaps a personal fitness trainer. If you do not fit into the above examples, consider leaving the photo off of your resume.
You should have a copy of your resume in electronic format. I’d recommend a copy in Microsoft Word format as well as a text copy. Most people have smart phones so this is not a problem. If you don’t have a smart phone, simply purchase the smallest thumb drive you can find and keep your copy there.
This is very helpful not only for when applying to jobs but can come in very handy during an interview. Sometimes all of the paperwork does not make it to a hiring manager in time. Other times, a hiring manager is purposely not provided with a copy of your resume beforehand. You can boost your chances of securing potential employment by having a copy with you at all times.
The Resume Help Blog has a number of tips for succeeding in today’s job market. You can also visit a central job board that I put together, Chellie’s Job Board to search for an apply to 1000′s of jobs for free.