Resumes Are Trending Shorter and More Concise


Today begins a 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. CLT2011WhitePaper.jpg In the current Twitter-inspired communications climate, employer expectations are trending toward resumes that are not only shorter overall, but written in a brief, tight manner. From the white paper:
The norm for most resumes/CVs is one to two pages, even for very experienced professionals. A survey of HR/recruiters on LinkedIn indicated an overwhelming preference for two-­page resumes provided there is enough value in the content to warrant a second page.
Of equal or greater importance is concise writing, short paragraphs, brief lists of bullet points, and good organizational strategies that ensure the resume can be quickly skimmed. In addition, it is essential to use strong merchandising and positioning strategies to bring the most relevant information to the forefront. Creating a strong impact “above the fold” — on the top half of the first page of the resume – has become increasingly critical for job seekers in one of the most competitive employment markets we’ve ever experienced.