typically comes with a list of best practices. Tailor your résumé to
the job. Focus on the impact you made instead of the tasks you
performed. And, most of all, be sure it’s accurate and free of typos. A
recent analysis by job search platform Adzuna found that meaning almost
roughly two-thirds of résumés contained at least one mistake. More than
13% of the résumés analyzed contained five or more errors.
beyond that, there are a few more nuanced details that can make your
résumé look modern—or dated, says career coach and résumé consultant
Marjorie Sherlock. “The résumé has evolved as a marketing tool, driven
by what the market is telling us,” she says. And much of what was
expected even 10 years ago is “completely dead.”
risk of submitting a résumé that looks a little behind the times is
what it says about you: Perhaps you’re not up on trends or how
industries evolve, Sherlock explains. So, if it’s been a few years since
you’ve updated your professional calling card, give it a look with
these tips in mind.
4) GET THE FORMAT RIGHT
Whileapplicant tracking systems have come a long way,
it’s still a good idea to avoid heavy graphics or tables to present
information in your résumé, Sherlock says. And use one space after a
period rather than two. (Word processing programs automatically adjust
spacing—typewriters didn’t—so, there’s no need for the extra space.)
I have looked at a lot of resume that would have looked nice if they
were printed out but the parsing function doesn't like all of the
columns and graphics so it cuts down on your odds of being found through
5) BE SUCCINCT
consultant Donna Svei limits clients’ résumés to 700 to 800 words.
“Very few recruiters and hiring managers want to read more than that,”
she advises avoiding large blocks of text, which are hard to read,
especially on mobile devices. People start losing interest after about
four lines, she says. “Technology shifted résumés from paper to screens,
and job seekers who haven’t adapted to the change with shorter
paragraphs that are easier to read on screens look dated,” she says.
AVOID TRIPS DOWN MEMORY LANE
it’s a good idea to cull the information you include on your résumé to
keep it more focused on today. Since 2007, the pandemic and Great
Recession have changed so much about work and the way things get done.
Unless the experience is “stunningly relevant” to your goals, consider
dropping it in favor of more recent and relevant experience. Awards,
speeches, and publications older than about four years may be past their
expiration date, she adds.