Evolution of the Resume

One of the biggest mistakes that job seekers make when preparing for their search is to take an existing resume that is 5 or more years old, add a more recent role or position to it and consider it a “current” or “competitive” resume.

Resumes have evolved significantly in the last decade as Hiring and HR Managers expectations have changed. There are a few key areas in which “world-class” resumes have evolved.

Professional SummaryIn the last decade, the opening section of the resume transitioned from an “Objective Statement” (talking about what you are looking for) to a “Professional Summary” (detailing your most marketable skills and experience). The “Professional Summary” should be targeted to your audience (particular company/position). It should also include all buzzwords that you want them to notice (Six Sigma, Sarbanes-Oxley, or Lean Manufacturing). After an initial sentence about your career/experience, your Summary should then move into “buckets” of skills and experience that are easily read and digested by your audience.

Professional Experience
The biggest evolution regarding the resume has been the shift from”experience-based” to “results-based” resumes. Every hiring manager cares more about what you achieved than what your responsibilities or job decription involved. For each job role, you should present two separate types of information in different formats. First, a short paragraph (2-4 sentences) outlining your responsibilities/job decription then a list of bullets which represent your results (achievements, accomplishments, goals met/exceeded, changes that you were involved in). Quantify your results whenever possible, numbers always “jump off the page” of a resume.

Your resume is the biggest marketing tool in your job search, make sure that yours presents you in the best possible manner…….