Whether you’re perfectly happy with your current job or you’ve been in the market for a while, having a fresh, modern resume is always a smart move. Check out these three trends to spice up that resume, and you’ll be ready to explore any new opportunities that may come your way.
1. Tell and show
Not quite like kindergarten, but close. While your resume should tell your professional story clearly and succinctly, it also doesn’t hurt to show it as well. But don’t worry – you don’t need to be a graphic designer to make a visually appealing resume that highlights your greatest attributes. There are scores of free and paid services online, like Visualize.me, that will help you with the creative aspects. Some of these sites even utilize your LinkedIn profile to generate a beautiful new resume.
Trust me, spend an hour playing around with a few of these free magical online tools, and even you’ll be impressed with your new resume.
2. Give it a pulse
In the past, resumes have been fairly static documents that were only revived and refreshed when absolutely necessary. Well, those days are definitely over. The job market is flooded with great talent, which means a simple, templated resume won’t be enough. Hiring managers and recruiters want to see beyond that cover letter and resume and get a taste of what you can really do.
Translation: You need an online portfolio. Don’t freak out; this is actually a really easy way (think WordPress) for you to highlight your best work, and easily share it with others. For example, explaining how you contributed to a published report that influenced White House legislation on a resume might come across a bit stale, but sharing a copy of the report itself and a photo of you with the President would definitely impress.
3. Get ready for your close-up
As someone who is slightly relieved when the video isn’t working great on Skype, it might surprise you to hear me say this, but video is a trend I don’t see going away anytime soon. And no, I’m not talking about your personal ice bucket challenges and New Year’s Eve Vines – I’m talking about your resume.
It makes sense if you think about it. When it comes down to it, hiring managers and recruiters need to connect with you, and no matter how beautiful your resume may be, they won’t get a sense for that until they actually see you in action. Enter the video resume. The great (and terrifying, depending on your comfort level) thing about video is that the possibilities are endless. Keep a few basic tips in mind, e.g., don’t try this after happy hour, and you’ll have a quick, great video to add to your portfolio.
There’s a lot to look forward to in this next move in your career, so dust off your resume and get ready!
I’m compensated by University of Phoenix for this blog and as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Author Bio: Ryan Kahn is founder of The Hired Group, career coach on MTV’s “Hired,” and creator of the “How To Get Hired”online course.