Resume Tips For Job Seekers: Here’s Why 90% Of Resumes Get Thrown Out
Here’s one of the best resume writing tips you’ll ever find: Don’t be stuck in the 1990’s. What do I mean by this? Well, if you do a quick web search for the word “resume”, you’ll find yourself faced with examples of a ubiquitous resume format which has not seen much evolution since the 1990s.
You know what I’m talking about. It looks something like this:
The most obvious problems here are:
excess of text on the page
insufficient white space, and
no sense of priority and logic
Some resume writers justify the need for this archaic design by correlating it to ATS performance – which is a myth that I debunk in this article.
Resume Writing Tip: Design For Modern Day.
The ‘classic’ style of resume design harks back to an era when an abundance of text on a page was considered to be a feature, not a flaw.
In the 1990’s, people weren’t drowning in information as they are now. Consequently, they had patience for cumbersome, intimidating, overloaded-with-text resumes.
The Internet looked somewhat similar back then, too. You do remember those days, don’t you?
Times Have Changed.
We live in a digital age.
Odds are, the first person who casts their eyes on your resume will be a recruiter who is in their late 20’s or mid 30’s.
It means that they’ll be a time-pressed Millennial who probably isn’t used to reading books, but has spent the last 10 years of their life skimming through web content at warp speed.
It’s also likely that the first time they’ll see your resume will be on their mobile device, while they’re driving to/from work, waiting for a client, etc.
If your resume looks dated, clunky or simply like “hard work”, this recruiter will struggle to give it their attention (even if the content is great).
Design For The Web.
It’s important to realise that your resume will probably never make it to paper. It will be consumed on digital devices amidst a sea of other digital content that the recruiter is trying to juggle that day.
This means your resume needs to conform to contemporary Web design rules. It has to flow.
Much like a well-optimised web page, it has to clearly communicate the priority of detail through design.