A World of Distraction Calls for Shorter Resumes


“Distraction is the new normal,” writes the multi-credentialed career expert and author Deb Dib in “Trends in Resumes and Career Marketing Communications:”
The effect of multi-tasking workers, smart phones, texting, short form web writing, and Twitter continues to transform resume writing. To fight for attention content is becoming shorter and tighter; conversely, there are more ways than ever to project the message. As resumes are contracting, the need for comprehensive communication is expanding.
In the same article, prolific career author Louise Kursmark adds:
The three- or four-page executive resume has given way to a standard two-page document, and resumes for people at all levels are by necessity becoming crisper and more to the point. Factors influencing this trend include the proliferation of smart phones and other hand-held devices with minuscule screens; the explosion of the social media site Twitter that condenses all messages to 140 characters; and the bombardment of multimedia messages and advertisements that constantly entertain, distract, and shift focus. Readers quickly lose interest in wordy resumes that don’t get right to the point