1980 Resume vs 2010 Resume

Evaluate a resume in 2010 verse a resume from 1980.  Well first take note the difference is 30 years! Whoa…time flew, resumes changed & our style has to change with the times.  In 1980 every resume was paper, typed & presented to a manager either in person or sent by mail.

2010 resumes arrive into offices via fax, email & online applications.  Rarely will you present your resume to someone in person.  In 2010 we’ve lost sight of a “standard” resume because we hear about gimmicks people use to stand out against the crowd of other job seekers.

Today a resume is written in a different style too.  In 1980 a resume was generally reverse chronological.  The resume told of work history, education & references.  In 1980 the world was fast for the time but nothing like 2010.  Employers hardly have 25 seconds to look at your resume.

Now if 25 seconds is a long look at your resume, how much time do you think they have to call your references?  Very little if at all! You might think, how can this be? I worked for hours on my resume, how can they not take the time to read this pristine document?

Well because of the “great recession” companies have less people doing more work & making people come up with decisions very quickly and on the fly. When you’re hiring a position it means you’ve been understaffed for such a great deal of time you’ve been too busy to make time to hire.

In 2010 every job seeker has to understand the main differences between a resume from 1980 & 2010.

1. Resume standards have changed because many people have larger employment gaps in their work history.  Functional resumes vs. Reverse chronological are used to high light skills.

2. Resumes are indexed in search engines now instead of fully read.  Keywords are as important as work history.

3. It’s more about skills than work history.  Telling what you can do verse what you’ve done makes a better resume.

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