What is Different About the Modern Resume?
The current job market is highly competitive. You must work harder than ever to stand out from the competition. There is no room for mediocre efforts. Your resume must be succinct, attractive, and keyword rich. Following are the two biggest key points to keep in mind:
Design: Your resume will need to be designed based on its purpose. If you are going to hand the resume to someone in person, you will want an attractive, eye catching design that gets straight to the point. You may also experiment with colors or creative elements to stand out. In the past, this was not acceptable. Everyone wanted a conservative design. Now, design and color is almost considered a necessary to catch the eye of the reader.
Keywords: On the other hand, if you are submitting the resume online to a company’s website, you will want to concentrate on different criteria. Absolutely all companies of any size will not look at the resumes submitted by potential employees without first running it through scanning technology. This software is written to analyze the keywords and phrases in the resume to see if the requirements are met. Since a computer will be reading your resume first, it is appropriate to ensure you have a very standard design without a lot of bells and whistles. If you submit a creatively designed resume to applicant scanning technology, there is a good chance it will not be able to read it and therefore your resume will never make it to the actual live human resources person.
What do these key points ultimately mean for you? You may want two different resumes: one for networking and one for online submissions. No matter what you decide, you will always want to do your best to target the resume for the job you are applying for. This hasn’t changed. Never submit the same resume over and over. That is a sign you are doing it wrong!