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A Compendium of Resume Trends


CLT2011WhitePaper.jpg We’ve been excerpting resume trends from the Findings of 2011 Global Career Brainstorming Day: Trends for the Now, the New & the Next in Careers. Here are some that are not quite lengthy enough for a post of their own:
  • The modular resume emerges. Some career professionals report providing customized resumes with “swap-out” bullets for the profile section. This approach gives clients multiple options to easily customize the resume summary to match the specific opportunity or audience.
  • Paper is still important. Job seekers still have the need for a professional, nicely formatted, printed document for in-person meetings. This is not expected to change anytime soon because a well-presented resume is always a distinguishing document.
  • Resumes become portals to blogs, web pages, and portfolios. A linked email address on the resume has been standard for many years. But we are now seeing the increased inclusion of URLs and QR (Quick Response) codes to link readers to additional material about the job seeker. QR codes are still a novelty on resumes, although they have become commonplace in consumer and B2B advertising. It is expected that these codes will be increasingly used in resumes to steer readers to a richer and constantly updated online portfolio of material about the candidate.
  • Resume “extras” surge in importance. Community service, civic background, continuing education, professional development, and other insightful extras are becoming an important element on the resume to establish character and personality as well as to distinguish one job seeker’s professional qualifications from another’s.
  • Testimonials add value. Creative resume writers find a variety of ways to include testimonials and endorsements as powerful third-party recommendations on the resume. A job-seeker’s LinkedIn recommendations can provide a ready source for these testimonials.
This post is part of our series of excerpts from the white paper, Findings of 2011 Global Career Brainstorming Day: Trends for the Now, the New & the Next in Careers. The brainstorming day was held October 14, 2011, by the Career Thought Leaders Consortium, publishers of the white paper, and included the input of more than 250 career professionals from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.