#Nextchat: What's the Real Deal on Resumes?

In today’s competitive job market, the importance of crafting a resume that’s clear, concise and compelling is more important than ever.  It’s the critical, first step to getting a foot in the door,  and it's imperative that job seekers get this part right.  Errors, omissions and confusing language will jeopardize the likelihood of an interview -- and so will a dated resume style.

Incorporating the latest developments in resume design conveys acumen of the latest business and workforce trends.  This is desirable in any industry.

So Many Questions

  • Should I create a headline, a summary or both?
  • Functional or chronological?
  • What's a social resume?
  • Do I need a video bio?
  • What about QR codes and infographics?
  • What’s my personal brand?

Opinions abound and finding the most credible information can be a daunting task.  What about the individual preferences of the person screening the resume?  What are the best practices and safest bets?

Seeking advice from respected recruiters and hiring managers is always a good place to start. They’ll have the latest scoop on resume trends. 

Please join @weknownext at 3 p.m. ET on March 13 for #Nextchat with Chris Fields (@newresource).  We’ll chat about the latest trends in resumes -- what’s in, what’s out, and what’s on the horizon.

Q1. What are the latest trends in resume design? What's in/What's out?
Q2. How have resumes changed in the last five years due to the rise in social media use by candidates and recruiters?
Q3. How is tracking software changing resume design and content?
Q4. Is a
candidate’s social media profile now the new “first impression?” Why/Why not?
Q5. Is it necessary to build a personal brand via social media?
Q6. What are the best social media platforms for building a personal brand and does it differ by industry?
Q7. Are QR codes, video bios or infographics a good idea for resumes?  When?
Q8. Are resumes becoming extinct?  Will social media profiles eventually replace them?

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