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Update Your Old Fashioned Resume

No matter what kind of job you’re looking for, your resume is always the first impression you convey to a potential employer. And while resume styles don’t change overnight like clothing, cars, or commercials, the accepted conventions of resume writing continue to evolve. People who read a lot of resumes — human resources people and hiring managers — can spot a dated resume at a glance.

Watch these classic signs of an old-fashioned resume and banish them from yours.

Stuffy Language

Blame it on lack of time, declining English skills, or just the Internet, but today’s writing is sparer, more direct, and less formal than ever. And while any job search communication will always have considerable amounts of formality to it, resumes and cover letters reflect this increasing directness as well. So cut out the fluff and watch the flowery adjectives. Use facts to speak more loudly than puffed-up bragging. The language of the resume should be understandable to the human resource and recruitment team. Through the resume, there will be providing of the designation to the person in the company.. 

Outdated Expressions

Watch out for outdated, unnecessary phrases such as “References available Upon Request.” This goes without saying. So it’s only going to take up precious space on your resume and tip your hand that you’re an old-timer in the job search world.

Dated Formatting

Look at the many resume books to find ideas for more up-to-date formatting. While elaborate design elements and complicated layouts are still unacceptable in all but very creative professions, you can nonetheless significantly freshen up the style of your resume with a few sound layout techniques.

Ignoring the Need for Readability with Electronic Scanners

Many companies use electronic scanners to sort through and file resumes. Like it or not, it’s just a fact of life now. Some resume formats make it difficult for such digital methods to correctly interpret your resume. By remaining ignorant of that and failing to craft your resume accordingly, you not only eliminate yourself from consideration in many cases, you also tip your hand that you haven’t been keeping up with key changes in the employment world (resume scanning software has been in general use since the mid 1990s).

Old Experience

If you’ve got jobs from the 1970s listed on your resume, you’re vulnerable to the perception that your ideas, attitudes, methods, and industry knowledge are old fashioned. That may, of course, be completely false. But the notion persists. So do yourself a favor and strongly consider leaving a job off your resume if it’s more than 15 years old. If it’s a key part of your experience, try to find alternate ways of presenting the position. Study the many resume books available or team up with a professional resume writer to get tactics for doing so.

Vintage Education

Like your job experience, your education can be a sure tip-off as to your exact vintage. It’s just a simple fact that if you graduated college in the late 1960s, you’re surely getting into your fifties. It doesn’t take a genius hiring manager to piece that one together. So consider leaving the date off. Yeah, employers will probably suspect that you’ve left it off for a reason. But they can’t say for sure, so let ’em guess.

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