Top Resume Trends 2014

Top 10 Resume Trends For 2014

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It’s time to take a fresh look at your job search and your resume. Below, I’ve detailed what I believe are going to be the top 10 resume trends for 2014.

1. The Social Media Resume

Let’s face it: social media is affecting your job search, whether you like it or not. If you’re on any social media sites, you have an online presence that an employer can find with very little effort. In fact, more than 90% of employers are using some form of social media in their quest to find new talent.

So, instead of passively sitting back and going with the flow, why not take some time to direct where your job search is going by utilizing the medium that employers are using right now to find new employees?

Create a social media resume. There are plenty of sites you can use to do this. Here are some: careercloud.com, resumesocial.com, visualcv.com, and the list goes on. When you’re looking for a way to build, authenticate, and deliver your professional brand, this is one impressive and modern way to do it. Are you a do-it-yourselfer? If so, check out this step-by-step method for creating your own social media resume.

2. The Infographic Resume

I admit, I am completely in awe of the infographic resume—and I think it’s probably my favorite new resume trend. Although the concept has been around for a couple of years, it hasn’t been widely used by job search candidates. I, however, think it could be an interesting and compelling way to stand out from the competition. I’m not sure if it’s because I am essentially a visually-oriented person, but I think that, in the right context and the right industry, this type of resume is very successful.

3. The Facebook Timeline Resume

Your resume on Facebook? Maybe! The other day, while conducting some research on resume tips for 2014, I came across an interesting article that lists ten trendsetting ways to create a resume. I figured I’d let you read the article yourself so you can see all ten. Here’s the article.

One of the more interesting is #10—the ability to create a timeline resume within Facebook. I checked out the example from the article, and I can see where it could be interesting, help add to your professional brand, direct what hiring managers see about you, and also position you as a subject matter expert. Replace the traditional resume though? Not likely.

4. Video Resumes

I think I’d be remiss here if I didn’t mention the video resume. Although it’s not a replacement for the traditional resume, it can complement it. A video resume is essentially another avenue you can use to showcase your achievements and career successes. The benefit to employers is they get to learn more about you and see how you present yourself. Multiple sites offer you the ability to upload a video resume—visualcv.com, careerbuilder.com, sparkhire.com, jobster.com—or you can include it on your own blog or professional website.

5. Resumes That Raise The Bar

Job seekers are getting wise to the fact that resume templates and worn-out terms and phrases are a thing of the past. Smart job seekers know that to stand out from their competition they’re going to have to present a straightforward, polished resume that cuts the fluff (like “team player” and “excellent communication skills”) and gets real about who they are and the value they bring to the company.

6. Charts And Graphs

Colorful and visually appealing? Yes, please! What better way to show your accomplishments than in color, especially if you include easily digestible charts and graphs? Long gone are the days of text-only resumes. Get creative with visual ways to showcase your accomplishments—and make all that content easier to understand. Charts and graphs have been used most widely by sales professionals to showcase revenue and profit margins, but the technique is applicable to many different industries and positions.

7. Quotations

When you’re looking for a way to substantiate your brand and lend credibility to your successes, a quotation from a former supervisor or client may be just what you need. The perfect quote can validate your credentials, success, and the value and benefit you bring with you to the new company.

8. LinkedIn

I think of LinkedIn and the resume as almost interchangeable. The employer will view your resume, then check you out on LinkedIn; or they’ll find you on LinkedIn, and then want to see your resume. The employer will want more information about you—not just a copy-and-paste of your resume; so start doing your research, and put some time and effort into optimizing your LinkedIn profile and making the content engaging and different from what you have on your resume.

Additionally, make it easy for them to locate your profile; put your custom LinkedIn profile URL on your resume so the employer can link to it directly from your resume. Then, you never have to worry about them viewing the wrong person because they’ll go straight to your profile.

9. Career Summaries Don’t Have To Be Boring

Just because it’s a “summary” of your career history doesn’t mean that the 3-5 lines at the beginning of your resume have to be a bland overview of your career. Who says you can’t make it compelling and specific to you? Use numbers, company names, and figures. Use information unique to you to create more depth and impact in your career summary. Include well-known companies or clients, name projects and how many, or stipulate the size of the budget you managed. Use those numbers, and quantify them in your summary to create impact and distinctiveness.

10. Forget The Fluff

Cut the content to the lowest common denominator. Make your words work for you—and deliver the most bang for your buck. In other words, cut out the “team player,” “excellent communication/written skills,” and all those other overused terms and phrases that find their way into so many resumes. Here’s a link with an example of ten words I’m referring to.

BONUS: Use Wordle!

Maybe this is more of a tip than a trend (so I’ll leave my list as the top 10 trends). Give yourself a competitive advantage with www.wordle.net. Wordle is a neat word cloud creator, and you can use it to find the most common words contained within some specific text. You can use Wordle to check job ads and see the keywords that pop up most often.

When you know the most common keywords contained in the job ad, you know exactly which keywords are the most important to include in your resume. You can also use it to check your resume and LinkedIn profile to confirm they are optimized for the specific keywords you’re looking for.

Here’s a great example: I’ve optimized my LinkedIn profile summary for the keywords “executive resume writer.” Here, you can see the word cloud my LinkedIn profile summary created when I input the text from it to try it out:

Top Resume Trends 2014 Wordle

It’s a valuable tool to give yourself an edge over your competition.

I’m quite sure this isn’t an all-inclusive list of resume trends that we’ll see in 2014. However, I think this is a great head start for making an impact in your job search this new year. Consider integrating a few of these resume trends into your job search arsenal in 2014 and see what a difference these make. Have a resume trend you think will be big in 2014? I’d love to hear about it! Share it with me in the comments below.

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Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, CEO of Great Resumes Fast is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, and presenter.

19 comments

  1. Resume is simply a changing form and placement document of an individual. Therefore, it is the most important aspect of job search. The above trends are very useful for a candidate to know what’s going on in 2014.

  2. Hi, I really liked your article – goes along nicely with what I have been coaching my clients to do. One thing I will note is #3 using Facebook as a Timeline Resume. I did this for my wife about four years ago (https://www.facebook.com/TraciePerryRDH). I agree this will never replace an actual resume. However, the social connectivity aspect of it cannot be ignored.

    One of the more cool advantages of it is the ability to “like” businesses you want to target as a potential employer. This probably would not work in every industry or company size. However, I coach clients to like potential employer pages with a professional Facebook page (business page) and then participate in some of the postings they make. I believe if done selectively and sincerely, that the curiosity factor alone will lead an employer to a job seeker.

    For example, All Smiles Dental sees that Tracie Perry, RDH likes this post or comments on that picture of an interesting smile makeover. “Who is this person? Why is she participating… Let’s check her out.” They click on her name and get taken to her professional page – it may be brief exposure but if a job opens up that same week or maybe a week after, she’s very likely to get an interview invite.

    So for that reason, I think Facebook is a great way to find a job (virtual networking I call it).

    • Sandy,

      I think it will be a long time before resumes and Cvs are completely obsoleted and replaced by LI and other professional social media sites. They will co-exist for quite a while until all the old school hiring managers from the baby boomer generation are retired, and the people they hired in their image are also out of hiring positions. So, in other words, a long time. However it is a fact that LI is playing a critical role in the hiring process by providing recreuiters and hiring managers with a powerful tool to find and evaluate candidates. The resume is less important than it used to be in the process, but NOT irelevant. I tell my clients that the most important feature of your resume is the hand of the person handing it to a hiring manager and recommending you…in other words networking and referral is by far the most important skill to master in today’s job market. LinkedIn is networking on steroids.

  3. Susan, the best way to do this is to google something like “how to customize your LinkedIn link”. I don’t remember exactly how to do it but a friend says it takes about a minute to do. Then you have a link with your name in it (customized) and looks better than the default link with looks like a series of random number and letters. Then insert that in your resume to direct people right to your profile. Good luck!

  4. From # 6: “make it easy for them to locate your profile; put your custom LinkedIn profile URL on your resume so the employer can link to it directly from your resume.” How do you do this?

  5. Hi Bruno. I checked out your slide show and wanted to give you my thoughts/impressions from the viewpoint of a hiring manager. I work at HP (marketing) but interact with engineering all the time. Your chosen career is engineering so I will try to put myself in the place of a engineering manager looking for young engineering talent to hire-someone like you. While your creative slideshow shows you to be a motivated, worldly young man with some good work experience, in my opinion it focuses too much on your personal side. Hiring managers want to know what you have accomplished in your engineering work that they (the hiring manager) might be able to use. So I would devote more slides to the projects you worked on in your jobs and the most significant contributions and accomplishments you achieved. The story you want to come out is: “I have done these things in past jobs and I can do them at your company as well”. So “connect-the-dots” for the hiring manager to clearly see you as a viable candidate for an engineering position. Here’s another idea for you to do if you want to REALLY differentiate yourself: write a short e-book on something (its free to do on Amazon. Maybe take one of your college term papers, edit it a bit, give it a good title and publish on Amazon as an e-book. Here is what that shows me, as a hiring manager: “Bruno looks like a highly motivated and energetic guy with a lot of potential – he is a PUBLISHED e-book author in addition to being multi-lingual and brings some solid work experience.” The e-book might be that single thing that makes hiring managers want to know more about you. I know I would definitely put you on the “must interview” pile!

  6. Why shouldn’t you showcase for work and make it easier for people to share your story?
    If you work in a office (like most people) what tools do you have to tell your story, showcase your work and create a resume that will knock the socks off the people you want to work with?
    Look my creative way to introduce myself:
    http://pt.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/29325186
    If you also have a creative way, post a link below in the comments to share it with us.

  7. Linda: I have been a hiring manager for 25 years, looked at probably 10,000 resumes, interviewed 1000, and have never seen anything but a “standard” resume…no charts or graphs, or infographics. I’m not saying they don’t differentiate a person, but I think there are better ways to differentiate yourself. Also non-text resumes gum up the works when you send them in electronically, and do not render well. So I go back to my fundamental premise: spend your time and energy networking and forget about on-line job applications. And if you want to showcase your creative side with fancy charts and videos, use LinkedIn or facebook for that…not a resume

  8. I’m wondering how those “gone are the days of text only resumes” resumes with charts and graphs are faring with client management software. I’m sure they are great when you can get a human being to look at them – and networking your resume to the hiring manager is always best – but I would think you’d need one version to submit and one to email or hand deliver.

    • Linda,
      You’re right. If you’re applying online via an applicant tracking software program you’ll need a plain text version of the resume with all the fancy formatting removed. However, applying online is the least likely way to find a new position. As Bill noted earlier referrals are a great way to job search. I would also add to that using LinkedIn, networking online and off and tapping the hidden job market – are all more successful ways to search than clicking APPLY all day. In most instances you can use the resume trends described above.

      Thanks for your thoughts and input I really appreciate it!
      Jessica Hernandez

  9. The creative resume techniques are interesting and may be helpful in unusual cases, but my advice to my clients is to spend the time and energy learning how to be a great networker, since 80% of jobs are filled that way these days! The ‘resume” is an artifact of days-gone-by…still a necessary part of your job hunting arsenal but not the most important by far. Companies will continue to ask for your resume out of habit, but what really makes things happen in the job market is a personal referral. Like I tell my clients: “The most important feature of your resume is the hand of the person giving it to a potential hiring manager”. This is a networked referral…

  10. Jessica,

    Great list of trends! However, I read it with mixed feelings.

    These innovative approaches to resume writing are fine ways for individuals looking for creative or marketing jobs to showcase their talents. But what an irrelevant time expenditure for technical and process people.

    The world would be a better place if at the same time people put more effort into their resumes, the workplace met them halfway by reviewing resumes with more thoughtful consideration.

    -Diana

    • Diana,
      Thanks for your feedback and thoughts. I agree, there are two sides to the job search process and HR isn’t always on the job seeker’s side when it comes to the application process.

      I don’t think that charts, graphs, quotes, etc. are only applicable to creative, marketing and sales roles. I’ve seen many tech clients use quotes to substantiate their brand and it’s worked very well for them or use a graph to show their project management abilities and successes. I think the key is determining if it will work for you and your individual job search goals. There is no one size fits all when it comes to resumes or job searches – that is for sure!

      All the best,
      Jessica Hernandez

  11. Using wordle (or any word cloud) is a technique that I use all time (and recommend to friends) and I thought it was my little secret that nobody else knew!

    Although I go a step further and use a collection of job ads so that I can get a more rounded CV. This also shows me any areas that I need to improve on.

    Forgot to say; great roundup of 2014 trends :)

    • Thanks James. We’re glad you appreciate our advice. Are there any other tools you use to help with your job search?

      • The one tool that I seem to use more and more is Hootsuite. As my (day) job is a social media executive, I use the skills I’ve learnt to further my job searching capabilities.

        I can use Hootsuite to track any keywords or hashtags that might tweeted or posted on Twitter and Google+ that might be relevant to my potential job. For example I have streams with keywords like “#socialmediajob” and “digitaljobs”.

        And Hootsuites free and easy to use!

    • James, glad you loved the trends. Sorry to expose your secret weapon! I think it’s a great tool that will benefit man job seekers.

      Thanks for your thoughtful words about my article!

      All the best,
      Jessica Hernandez

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