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How Resumes Are Trending These Days—According to Employers

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As a career counselor, it is my job to keep updated with current trends in job search. A major portion of that is in resume writing. We all know that resumes are the key to a successful job search—while they don’t get you the job (the interview does), they are the necessary first step toward getting your foot in the door.

A recent article discusses a Global Hiring Survey (dated June 27, 2012) that set out to ascertain the latest in resume writing trends and etiquette. This study, conducted by Career Directors International (CDI), surveyed hiring authorities around the world.

Here is what they found:

  1. Page numbers preferences, where even an issue, are still in dispute. I found it interesting that 78% of respondents were not concerned about length as much as well-written content that specifically targets the needs of the employer. Of those respondents who do have a preference, the response is diverse: anywhere from one to three pages or even more.
  2. If in doubt about how to send a resume file, 49% of respondents prefer to receive resumes in a Microsoft Word file. Twenty-three percent favor PDF (Adobe Acrobat) files.
  3. Summaries trump skills lists. According to the findings, while many are seeing a trend toward replacing the “Summary” section (usually a lead section in the resume) with a short skills outline, 43% of respondents still prefer the longer summaries version. Even 18% of the respondents who indicated that they prefer skills lists also admit to reading the longer summaries.
  4. For those who use charts and graphs, use them with caution. These can present a challenge when a resume is scanned into an applicant tracking system, so if used, it is wise to include redundant data into the resume text.
  5. Tread lightly with testimonials. Employers overwhelmingly are unimpressed by their use.

As always, resume trends change in regard to differing industries and job functions. It goes back to knowing the industry, the company and its values, and acceptable and appropriate ways to tell your story the easiest way possible.

Is it necessary to hire a professional resume writing firm to write your resume for you? That’s a whole other discussion.


Related Articles: Global Hiring Trends Survey Uncovers New Data on Résumé Writing Trends — PRWeb – Fri, Jun 29, 2012


About kimberlyjmyers

I am a workforce development professional in Washington State. I have ten years experience working with dislocated workers, vocationally impaired, and people with disabilities on many levels and backgrounds from offenders to non-English speaking refugees from around the world. The One thing the clients I have worked with all had in common: there was some barrier to employment, and I work diligently every day to identify, address and remove those barriers.


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