Getting ready for an executive job search in 2014 means you'll need to cast aside outdated ideas and focus on the newest trends.
What are the best resume trends for 2014? (Part 1) focused on 5 fresh presentation ideas for your leadership resume, including tips for transferring content to your LinkedIn Profile.
Read on for more cutting-edge resume ideas to boost your job search success in 2014:
Resume Trend #6 – Shorter, More Potent Documents.
While most executive resumes require at least 2-3 pages, the trend for 2014 and beyond is to provide a snapshot page that can stand on its own – with subsequent pages that include career details.
As shown in this Healthcare Executive Resume sample, your background and career highlights can be encapsulated in a first-page summary, allowing you to use the short version as a door-opening networking tool.
Resume Trend #7 – ATS-Friendly Resume Files.
Customized for both personal submission and to pass through Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), your executive resume must employ a keyword optimization strategy to satisfy these sophisticated filters.
The best way to handle the ATS? Create a file just for online job application submissions, saving your executive resume in text format and putting all of your achievements back under each job. (You can always present the colorful, dynamic version in a follow-up message.)
Use “standard” resume headings, such as Core Competencies and Professional History, as this will help the ATS find valuable data in each section. You’ll also need to separate out additional data elements, such as your degrees, volunteer work, or publications.
Resume Trend #8 – Career Accolades.
What to do with all the reference letters, LinkedIn Recommendations, and testimonials from your career? Pull them into selected areas of your executive resume.
As a key part of your personal brand message, a quote from a colleague or industry leader can carry significant weight when placed next to quantifiable achievements.
Resume Trend #9 – Charts or Text Boxes.
Still considered a hot trend for most resumes in 2014, a chart or called-out list of achievements can add punch to your executive resume – while showcasing your most prominent achievements.
Just like any other design component, these graphics must fit the tone and purpose of the resume. As an example, this IT Infrastructure Director Resume (created for the CIO.com Resume Makeover series) employs a small, yet eye-catching graphic to show enterprise-level systems impact.
Like other graphic elements, you’ll need to take the text out of these items to ensure your resume passes the ATS system requirements.
Resume Trend #10 – The Portfolio Approach.
Your executive resume, even if well-written and compelling, won’t represent all things to all members of the hiring audience.
In fact, many executives find a leadership biography useful for both opening doors to new opportunities, as well as for distribution during a panel or Board interview. You’ll find some audiences even prefer your bio to an executive resume.
A concentrated, yet distinctive narrative of your executive career, your Biography may also be requested by recruiters or even HR departments (who add it to the company’s About Us page upon your employment).
Summary: 2014 Executive Resume Trend Watch
Just like the 2013 changes in executive job hunting, these top 10 resume trends for 2014 will continue to evolve.
In preparation for writing your leadership story, spend some time looking at the personal branding elements and storytelling approach used by executives who’ve successfully made the transition to high-powered roles.
Then, leverage these new ideas to create your own, forward-thinking entrance into the 2014 job market.