5 Tips for the 21st Century Resume

Resume hosting is an important aspect of the 21st century resume.
Resume hosting is an important aspect of the 21st century resume. | Source

A resume is a resume right? Although the number and type of jobs that your parents held may differ from your own, the format and style of your resume should look about the same as theirs. At least that’s what most people think. But most people are wrong. The 21st century resume is different from resumes of the past because the technology that we use to review resumes is different now. It is important to make sure that you know how to bring your resume into the 21st century if you want to be successful in quickly finding a job.

Here are five tips that you’ll need to know if you want a 21st century resume:

1. Take your resume online. You will still want to have a paper copy of your resume but you need to make sure that you have an online version of your resume as well. And no, this isn’t the same as having a Word doc or PDF file that you can attach via email. It’s about having a separate resume that actually exists online and can be accessed there. You can do this by setting up your own website with a resume on it or you can use resume hosting. Either way, you should have an online resume and the URL for that resume should be on your business cards, email signature and anywhere else and employer might see your name.

2. Emphasize real tech skills on your resume. Employers today want to know what tech, social media and Web 2.0 skills you have. However, you shouldn’t bother to include the basics. Almost everyone knows how to use Microsoft Office, email and Facebook so you just look silly if you include those things on your resume (unless for some reason the job you’re applying for specifically wants to you know about experience with those things).

3. Be smart with white space. Interview Mastermind points out that white space is very important on resumes today. It is better to have a two page resume with a lot of white space than a one page resume with crammed together font. This wasn’t always the case. In the past, resumes were always limited to one page. However, white space reigns supreme today and you should reformat your resume to reflect that.

4. Use bullet points. This tip is part of the whole white space thing but it deserves some separate attention since you can theoretically create a resume with a lot of white space that doesn’t have bullet points. Bullet points are popular today. Employers are used to seeing them everywhere from emails to professional documents. They use them to scan the most important information in whatever it is that they are reading. That’s why you want to use bullet points on your 21st century resume to

5. Start a business. It seems like almost everyone has a business today. Many employers find it odd if you don’t mention some sort of entrepreneurial endeavor on your resume. The business that you start doesn’t have to be anything major, costly or time consuming. It could be your own small consulting company for your industry or even just freelance writing work in your field. Whatever it is, it’s something that employers are seeking on a 21st century resume.

What do you think might be the most outdated thing about your current resume?

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fbliangcha 5 years ago from Guangxi-Zhuang, China

thanks for these points. This is what I call the web 2.0 resume - digital. I just started building my web 3.0 resume - the video resume. Complete with a photo of me and company logos of where I work and worked and me talking. I think I want to redo it and add a inset of me talking instead of a voice over. One thing I like to add on my resume is links to where I work and worked. One good thing about a digital resume is that you can add a portfolio and show samples of your work if you are for example a writer/translator/designer.


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BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

And also if you have a LinkedIn account, put the link of your LinkedIn profile on the resume. Recruiters like to see what "recommendations" was written for you in your LinkedIn account. And I know of some employers that will only write recommendations for you if it is written as an LinkedIn recommendation.

For those who have never heard of it, LinkedIn.com is a social network -- kind of more professional social network for making career connections and networking.


Jerry Dominguez 5 years ago

Well written for those needing help with a good resume. I can't tell you how many bad ones I've seen over the years. You suggestions were spot on. Of particular not was "making good use of white space" - unique and helpful. Thanks!!


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phillip goodson 5 years ago

Thank you for this, very useful information.


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan

Great points about the 21st Century Resume. The Objective and References Upon Request might be a little outdated. The digital resume is excellent. Tech skills are extremely important. Useful!!!


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gajanis786 5 years ago

Excellent and handy tips.....no doubt a resume is the one which is always considered as a door to anyone's progress and if it is not up to the mark, the chances to proceed further gets bleaker and it is also a fact that one should acquire latest knowledge of building an attracting resume according to the needs of the modern time.....thanks.


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Kathryn Vercillo 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I do think video resumes are also important and have an article on that as well: http://www.yellowbrickroad.com/follow/21st-century...


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Very interesting points of view.


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