I’ve been sharing career related epiphanies resulting from my recent sojourn in New York City. Specifically,Â from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Today’s focus: My, how our tastes and trends have changed!
Opinions about what is beautiful and what are useful ways to spend our time certainly have changed over the centuries! (When was the last time you donned a suit of armor to challenge a foe? Or slept in a Versailles-era inspired bed?) The same is true of resume conventions.
My friend and colleague Erin Kennedy recently pointed out a modern resume writing trend – adding color to resumes! As she notes, this is not an idea most professional resume writers would have entertained several years ago, but is something job seekers can consider today. Similarly, I find myself explaining to clients that I don’t write “your father’s resume.”
Yes – there are many things about resumes that are similar to those 20 years ago, but a lot has changed! Who would have thought that resumes would actually include online profiles, “social resumes” and blogs? Just as women don’t walk around corseted with big bustles, you want to be sure that your resume doesn’t look like something that belongs in a musuem because it is out of date!
I recently worked with a client whose resume I totally redesigned using a very modern style. Her reply, “I thought it was going to look more like the one I sent…Will this appeal to recruiters?”
I explained that the best resume professionals are not writing “your mother’s resume” anymore. Times have changed, and we need to change with them. My client showed her new resume to an (older) recruiter who admitted it wasn’t what she expected to see, but that she liked the format and how it outlined the candidate’s skills and made her stand out! I couldn’t have been more pleased!
One of my twitter friends, Vicki, suggested I update this post to provide some visual examples of dated and modern resumes. So – follow this link to review my resume transformations – for some examples of the way resumes look today compared to old-fashioned versions. Thanks, Vicki!
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