Should You Follow These Age-Old Resume Rules?

Should You Follow These Age-Old Resume Rules?

Throughout my professional experience, I’ve learned that there are so many “rules” to follow when putting together a resume. Nerves and anxiety often take over, making even the savviest candidate feel like they’re in over their head. While there are still important rules to follow while applying to jobs, a lot of the rules have surprisingly evolved over time. These three “age-old” resume rules are changing, here’s how you can keep up:

  • Job Hopping– Most everyone knows that a “Job hopper” would be someone that is often overlooked in the recruiting world. The assumption is that they have a hard time keeping a job; However, according to Careerbuilder, nearly 55% of companies have hired these so-called “job hoppers”. They’re beginning to be recognized as easily- adaptable individuals whom may bring a wealth of knowledge to the table; which can be directly attributed to their work experience.
  • The “One-Page” Rule- There’s a fine line between necessary and unnecessary information. If you’ve got relevant and crucial material to include on your resume, include it! Don’t worry too much about the length if what you’re including will highlight important and essential information about yourself, experience or skills.
  • The “Standard” resume- In my experience, a lot of resumes look the same as far as content and structure. Doing something out of the norm isn’t always a bad thing. To make your resume stand out, you can include a link to your LinkedIn profile page or use bold words to draw their attention to certain details of your resume. Get creative!

Technology is evolving faster today than it ever has and so should our business practices. Don’t be afraid of change. Step out of the box, put yourself out there and GO FOR IT!