A new year has begun, and that means new job hunting trends. While resumes have played an important role for years, their format and contents have changed. The most important thing to remember in writing your resume is that 2013 is the year of showing, not telling. Here are some other resume writing trends for this year?
2013 Resume Writing TrendsIf you want to write a resume that will help you stand out, you should pay attention to these tips:
1. Social ResumesIf you are serious about landing a job in 2013, then you'll have to realize that resumes are no longer static pieces of paper. One of the most important changes in 2013 is the sociability of resumes. Resumes are becoming living entities online. Social media has changed the way hiring managers and prospective employees communicate. You can now get direct access to the people in power much more easily. Prospective employees have the opportunity to interact with, and sometimes befriend, hiring managers before applying for a position. Companies are increasingly likely to use social networks to research applicants and/or recruit. Your social media accounts are now a true first impression.
2. TwitterThe popularity of Twitter is growing astronomically. The good news is that you are probably already on it. Job seekers can harness the power of a tweet by explaining why they are an excellent candidate in 140 characters or less. Fortunately, you have 160 characters to describe yourself in your Twitter bio. Your Twitter bio is the online version of your elevator pitch. You have to use it as an opportunity to show your expertise. It is your opportunity to figure out what really makes you different. Brands refer to this as their Unique Selling Proposition (USP). Twitter is your chance to figure out your USP and develop your personal brand. Once you've hooked your prospective employee with your amazing biography, then you need to link your website, resume or other professional networking site, i.e. LinkedIn.
3. QR CodesIf you are applying for a technology-related position, then QR codes might help you stand out. A QR code is that small, square, barcode-looking image that you’ve probably seen in publications, advertising, and some product packaging. Having one on your resume shows that you're aware of technology trends, and you know how to use technology to your advantage. It's not mandatory, of course, but it can be a good way to add a coolness factor to your resume and make it stand out from the crowd. Some tips for using QR codes on your resume:
- Consider the type of position and the people you're targeting. QR codes will be more accepted by marketing-oriented employers than many other industries.
- Include your website’s URL in addition to the QR code
- Make sure the website your QR code is linked to is fully accessible and mobile-friendly