Since its inception in the 15th century by Leonardo da Vinci, till now in the 21st century, the resume has undergone numerous changes. During our lifetimes, we have seen it evolve gradually over time.
But now we live in an era, where digitization governs our lives like never before. The Advent of social channels like Facebook and especially LinkedIn has influenced resume writing considerably. While it is believed that going forward, LinkedIn profiles will replace resumes. Nonetheless the latter continues to be the ticket to jobs for candidates.
Today recruiters are looking towards resumes with some visual elements and other features.
Let’s examine the ways in which resume has changed over the past decade
1. Introduction of visual element
Ten years ago who would have thought about an infographic resume or a visual resume? Today here we are with, all kinds of visual elements appearing on a resume and even a direct visual or an infographic resume. More and more professionals are adopting extraordinary creative formats for their resumes.
If you are in the dark about how to include these visual elements in your resume, there are -various tools available online that can help you do a good job with developing a visual resume.
Online sites like vizualize.me and vizify.com offer instant solutions to developing visual resumes. They make it easy to import information from professional sites like LinkedIn and convert it into visual resumes.
In an increasingly competitive recruitment world, appealing visual designs are an excellent way to distinguish yourself from others. While the design is important in the business world, it is also essential to understand that you do not overdo them.
Overdoing graphic designing can kill the very purpose of a visual resume. Relevant information such as name, contact details, current job titles, and educational details among others must be clearly visible.
2. Keywords are now mandatory
Meanwhile, technology has already forayed into the world of recruitment, and it has influenced resume writing considerably as well. Since most companies make use of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) these days, it has become a task for job applicants to go past robots and reach the actual human hands (HR person). The best and the only way to do is—right use of keywords.
ATSs rely heavily on keywords for making a selection. If you have the exact keywords appearing on your resume, the chances are that you will rank higher on the ATS and quickly reach up to the human hands.
3. Customized resumes are the norm
Long gone are those days when you would write a single format for a resume and circulate it. A lot has changed over the years, and recruiters have also become smarter than before. They can figure out when a candidate has actually put his or her heart and soul in writing the resume and when a candidate has simply made a few changes in a hurry in an existing resume.
Alternately, for every employer or company, priorities are different. Each job seeks something distinct from another and therefore the job applications must also be customized accordingly.
Also, a resume should be written taking into consideration, the aspect of personal branding. Instead of considering it as a tool for job application, create it as a marketing pitch or advertisement where you are the product.
In competitive times as these, you need to market yourself properly to the employer.
- What is one element that makes your resume stand out?
- What all are there in your resume that should make the employer feel to at least meet you?
- Why should the employer consider you when 10 other applicants are vying for the same position?
Make sure your resume answers these questions correctly.
The resume has been around for centuries and has continually evolved since its very inception. It continues to change and evolve, perhaps more rapidly than ever. Not one particular style or format can be perfect for every occasion. So, keep upgrading and reinventing yourself with changing times and embrace change as swiftly as possible, even if it means drafting a resume.