8 Leading Questions about Hiring and Resumes Trends answered!
Like every other thing that changes with time, the ways of writing resumes and the hiring policies of organizations are not the same any more. Previously, hard skills were weighed more heavily; today, it’s the soft skills that hold a lot of value.
For executives, job seekers, recruiters and hiring manager, there is a lot of confusion about what is being looked for in job candidates, what are the changes in hiring methodologies, etc. To clear out the ambiguity, a detailed survey on global hiring trends was compiled.
We’re presenting a snapshot of the trends here that will help you make a better hiring decision and help out other in their job search.
1. How long should the resume be?
Contrary to the much-touted 1-page length, executives today prefer 2-page resumes more. In fact, 37% claimed that the length did not matter as long as all relevant information was clearly presented.
2. Is the length of the resume a criteria in rejecting a candidate?
Thankfully for most job-seekers, it is not. About 60% of executives surveyed said that they will not reject a candidate if the resume was not of their preferred length; only a mere 5% said they would. You know what’s more important? Your achievements, accomplishments, qualifications, skills, etc.
3. Is it a good idea to include a separate page for career summaries?
In all honesty, about a quarter of the executives surveyed did say that they would not want to read multiple pages. We can’t blame them for their tightly knit schedules, can we? But the majority did say they would go over the extra pages.
4. Will my resume be viewed on a mobile phone?
Yes! Even though 18% percent of executives conceding to checking resumes on mobile phones seems like a small number, do remember that this number is consistently growing. So the next time you prepare your resume, do optimize the content for a small screen too, especially if you are emailing a copy.
5. MS Word or PDF for resumes?
Surprisingly, a quarter of the executives said it did not matter. However, with nearly half of the surveyed executives rooting for it, MS Word continues to be the preferred choice. The rest of them preferred PDF formats.
6. Should you go for a video resume?
Now now, even though we are totally in favor of technology taking things a notch above, video resumes haven’t made it to a preferred mode of information dissemination yet. Most of the executives still prefer a traditional resume, but you may include an adjunct video resume with a traditional one if you wish to.
7. Is your online presence researched before calling you for an interview?
Believe it or not, most of the executives said YES! So be careful about your digital footprint as it has a more significant impact on your future hiring decisions than you may like to believe.
8. Does negative online information affect the hiring managers’ decisions?
Simply put, yes. The majority of executives claim that they will pass on to another candidate or undertake further investigation if they find negative information about a certain candidate.
Now the next time you decide to drop in your resume at a company, be careful you’ve designed it according to the executives’ preferences.