What Does A Modern Resume Look Like?

2nd December 2016

Modern Resume

My friends and I had a deep discussion recently about how the nature of job search has changed over the years and whether a resume was even still needed. What do you think?

This is where the idea of this blog topic came up. I have looked at a lot of resumes in my time. Mostly hiring for the marketing team at whatever company I was working at, I was always on the prowl for rockstar talent.

Yes, I still rely on them but I also take other factors into equal consideration such as the way candidates present themselves during the interview, their portfolio (samples of web design or their blog), activities they do outside of work (to see how they’ll fit in with the rest of the company culture), and of course, I check out their social media.

So what does a modern resume look like?

Formatting Matters

Resumes are no longer a one size fits all. They have evolved into a design that is focused on organizing information.

Remember when we used to spend hours fiddling with margins and line spacing (thanks to Microsoft doc)?! Now you can actually buy beautiful resume templates!

If you are looking for a role in design or a startup, you can really get creative with your resume design like these examples. If you are going for more of a traditional profession like Finance or Engineering, I would opt for something more like this.

Don’t forget to hyperlink your email, LinkedIn and social media so hiring managers can access them with one click… because you know, no one has time to copy and paste anymore!

Focus on Achievements

I haven’t written a resume in ages, but I remember I used to list out what I did day to day in my role. Cool that I had the mad skills but I neglected to focus on the results I could bring to a team.

So go ahead and brag about your achievements. After all, the resume is your spotlight!

Include lots of metrics. Talk about how you increased web traffic two-fold after making improvements to a landing page. Outline the process you created to grow Twitter followers by x%. Showcase MoM sales growth on your best campaigns. It’s important to not only show that you have experience but to include evidence that you can deliver. 

Use Power Verbs

Words matter. Instead of saying, “Wrote the processes for KOPs in the Operations Department”, say something like “Researched, developed, and implemented the Key Operating Procedures which led to a decrease in errors by 30% in 2016.” This way you are showcasing all the work that went into it and the effect.

Here’s an example of 200 power verbs you can use to show your new boss you can take initiative and own it!

The Basics

The modern resume still includes a lot of the basics like your education but that should be moved towards the end or on the side as your work experience becomes the main focus. Keep it two pages or less. Avoid jargon and s-p-e-l-l out acronyms.

Times New Roman is so 90’s but don’t go fancy font crazy either because not everyone has them installed. Stick to the standard Arial, Georgia or Helvetica. Make it PDF friendly so it’s easy to open the file across devices.

Ditch the objectives section and start with a summary 160 characters or less (obviously)!

Customize and keep it relevant to the position by not listing out every job you’ve ever had. I worked in HR briefly but did you know that? No peeking at my LinkedIn! I no longer include it because I’ve been in a marketing role for over ten years.

Lastly, include multiple ways to contact you. Some companies are still old school and will call you up on the phone… shocking I know!

Have any more tips? I’ll love to know what worked for you to land that dream job!

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