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7 resume trends for the next decade you need to know

7 resume trends: Not so bad news: The two-page resume is fine. And in some cases, they can even get the recruiter’s attention by more than one page. While it’s easy to forget that 2020 was unpredictable, next year is the start of a new decade.

7 must-know resume trends

10 more circles around the sun are inspiring new networking methods, changing business habits and creating “new norms” for resume sending. If you are looking to take a step forward in your career or are unemployed and are actively applying for jobs, factor these trends into your resume as career professionals predict.

Resume length is a myth

Resume expert Wendy Weiner says that if before your resume was just a summary of your work history, today it is a keyword search tool. Thanks to the development of ATS and other systems built to filter candidates, your resume must now be as detailed as possible in order to pass the automated filtering system.

Weiner says this document should be full of various phrases to illustrate your experience. “The rule of thumb is that your resume should be as large as necessary to reflect your career history. You need to highlight achievements, results, and projects to highlight your leadership and value, ”she adds.

Resume design containing left columns

Is there only text on your current resume? If so, your resume may be out of date, according to Amanda Augustine, a professional TopResume expert. Fresh resume designs are constantly being tested to determine which one will meet the ATS software requirements and grab the attention of recruiters, she said.

One creative approach is to use columns to separate text and highlight specific (and impressive) parts of your experience. Augustine says at TopResume that they found resumes with a left lane or column take on a fresh look that grabs the attention of employers, but also successfully passes through ATS, whereas a resume with a right lane or column is unusable.

Resume gaps will be less condemned in 2020 and 2021

In the past, one of the biggest problems for those who were laid off or experienced long periods of unemployment was having too much of a gap in their resume. This was generally considered a red flag for employers and should be avoided at all costs.

Given the nature of the unpredictable pandemic, Weiner advises not to worry if it lasts longer than you’d like. Instead, make yourself a more attractive candidate during this time, and be sure to add this to your resume. “Don’t be afraid to highlight the gaps in your work and discuss what you did to use that time — take a new course, a new certification program, or even get an unpaid internship / mentoring,” she continues. “It could be something to show how you turned lemons into lemonade in this historic and unprecedented time.”

Remote work takes center stage

There have never been more professionals entering the “office” from their homes around the world than now. According to business coach and author Ivy Slater, almost every industry has adapted to telecommuting, and how you’ve proven yourself as a person should be an important part of your resume.

Be sure to include how you adapted by providing examples of leadership and technical skills. Since many companies will have some sort of out-of-office program for the foreseeable future, describing your flexibility and proactiveness will set you apart from other candidates.

COVID results/strategies are a must

How you adapted to the COVID-19 crisis is a must on your resume in 2020, 2021, and beyond. Especially if you were on the front lines, managing human resources, team morale, or other departments. “If you’ve made pandemic management decisions for your company or any other important issue, you should reflect on the impact of your work,” she continues. “It is clear that this is a difficult time, but this is a great way to stand out and reflect how you handled it in a proactive rather than a reactive style.”

Soft skills and personality will take on more importance

While the robots are doing their job, they won’t greet you for a cup of coffee and a breath of fresh air when you need a break. And even if someone is an incredibly experienced, talented, and award-winning professional, if no one wants to be around him or her, they are unlikely to be successful in the company. Especially in times of chaos – say, a global pandemic – these interpersonal skills are more important than ever, Augustine said.

In fact, according to a recent study by TopInterview and Resume-Library, 70 percent of employers cite a candidate’s personality as one of the top three factors when deciding whether to renew a job offer. And a whopping 62 percent said they would like their resumes to provide more information. “In the era of COVID-19, we are finding employers favor candidates who have certain traits beyond professional skills, such as flexibility, adaptability, critical thinking, and problem solving,” continues Augustine. “Expect to see more room for a resume that is dedicated to understanding a candidate’s personality and proving that they have the interpersonal skills an employer needs.”

Resumes are gradually becoming less relevant

While it’s not a good idea to throw your resume into the computer’s trash can just yet, some experts believe we will stop using them altogether. As a career coach and Going Places co-founder Anna Schuilger predicts, we will eventually get to a place where LinkedIn will present your work or a video that shows people what you are capable of, rather than writing about your work history.

“If five years ago 50% of job search success was an amazing resume, now it’s 20%,” she explains. “So the other 80% is your ability to communicate well your experience and explain how you intend to improve the company’s performance.” And these aspects are demonstrated through networking and interviews, not on a resume. 

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