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The Modern Resume for Employment

Updated on October 29, 2012

The modern resume does differ than the aging resume, not in a major way, but in ways that will allow employer computer crawlers to find key terms that match their needs. A modern resume would have Quick Reference codes, hyperlinks to other websites displaying samples of their work or short video of themselves. Certain fields would benefit from this more, such as, writers, graphic designers, artists, video editors, singers etc.

The general format for a modern resume does not have an "objective" heading. Most recruiters dismiss it and even if you have one, it cannot be longer than one line. So, why bother? The old resume had the address of the applicant, now, just list your name, phone, email and city\state. This info still appears at the top of the resume. A nice headshot of yourself is still optional. The "skills" section is usually in second place on the resume. Listing skills remains critical because many recruiters take less than seven seconds to scan and decide where your resume goes. Whatever you put down, make it count and stand out.

The meat of the resume is the work experience section. It is also critical to use keywords so that applicant tracking crawlers can match your skills to the job. Use as many versions as possible. Avoid using acronyms, like, CPA, instead, spell it out. Be specific about what you did and accomplished. Try to tailor the experience to the job sought. For education, list it on one line and omit the year, especially if you have been out of college more than 10 years. Age discrimination happens. If you have more than one degree, list each on separate line. Lastly, your references are optional, but many recruiters suggest you list a few. These people should be past supervisors. Another key thing is to save your resume by job title, such as, technicalwriter, softwareengineer, because many tracking systems will sort in this manner.


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    • Paul Kuehn profile image

      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      This is a very useful and interesting hub. The modern resume of today is certainly much different than the ones I filled out and submitted 30-40 years ago. Voted up and sharing.