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Your Resume 2.0
Monday, December 10, 2012

Job searches all start, and for many, end with the resume. An outdated resume is one of the most common ways to have your job search go nowhere fast.

Resumes might seem like one of those things that only need updates whenever there is a change in your educational or work experience. Add a new job here, replace a reference there. But their formats can also go out of style just like cultural trends. Having one that is outdated gives the same impression as anything else such as outdated cars and hairstyles.

When hiring managers see outdated resumes, it makes them think that the candidate is out of the cultural and professional loop. It's hard to convince a hiring manager that you've been keeping up with the latest innovations if it isn't reflected in your resume's appearance and overall content. After all, actions speak louder than words and you can only say you know so much without showing it.

Don't put yourself at a disadvantage by being misrepresented on your resume. Here are some ways to make sure that it doesn't put you in the wrong decade.

Font: Highly stylized fonts are unnecessary, but you don't have to feel constrained to using Times New Roman. The selection of fonts variations that are easy on the eyes is extensive. Look around and find one that you like and that you think represents your taste. Remember to keep it looking professional. Fonts like Comic Sans are commonly seen, but shouldn't be used on resumes.

Graduation dates: You can either choose to include or leave this out of your resume if you prefer. Something to keep in mind if you decide to do this is that hiring managers tend to assume that you're an older candidate who doesn't want to give clues about your age.

Weak adjectives: Using general words such as "proactive" and "multi-tasker" doesn't provide the manager any concrete ideas of your work capabilities. Those types of words aren't effective in making you stand out from other candidates. Be efficient in your use of resume space by only including words with weight.

Objectives: Objectives are becoming increasingly optional since their functions aren't proving to have the same effect as they originally did. Instead of a generalized statement of your goals and characteristics, replace it headlines that clearly outline what you've done and as what role. These give a clearer definition as to the type of worker you are.

Content trimming: You might want to include every piece of information about your work and academic background in order to use it against the competition. However, if the information isn't relevant to the job or the skill is outdated, then it's just taking up precious resume space.

Links: Including links to your resume is also a great way to prove that you've been keeping up with modern technology. Social media websites are great networking and personal branding tools that hiring managers want to see you using. If you have your own blog, include that along with any LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.