It’s the beginning a new decade, flush with opportunities for the seizing — unless the résumé you’re emailing employers still reads like an antique parchment relic from the paper century.
Today’s unemployed enjoy an abundance of unorthodox tricks to creatively catch the attention of prospective hirers, from posting video, Flash, or HTML-based résumés, to taking out pay-per-click ads that plaster your credentials whenever a bored boss anywhere Googles “accountant.”
But for fear of the unknown, as résumé coach Laura Smith-Proulx notes, all too many Jobless Joes are sticking by their one-page .pdfs, as if the career world is desperate to hire more candidates versed in Mesozoic Era traditions.
"The single page résumé with an objective up top really went the way of the dinosaurs," she says. "A lot of people are still very reluctant to create something that’s cutting edge because they’ve never seen a résumé that looks cutting edge."
If your idea of a breathtaking CV involves a Microsoft Word template, re-route your efforts into one of the free online résumé builders like visualcv.com, President Louise Fletcher of Blue Sky Résumés recommends.
"Those kinds of things are great additions to a personal website," she says. "You can get a lot more information on there than on a traditional resume, and you can show your personality more."
Plus it’s convenient.
"People can choose to click on the link or not," she adds – and for overworked recruiters inundated with attached résumés, that ease of use makes the difference between “why not” and “no.”
Relentlessly promoting your qualifications in 140-character Twitter blasts can grab the eye of the right HR rep, too, Proulx offers.
"It’s possible that some companies may be exclusively recruiting in Twitter," she points out, so make sure your Twitter bio is up-to-date and snazzy.
If you’re preparing anything more time-consuming, however — be it a video résumé or some nifty web art — don’t bother sending it out to the company HR department.
"When you’re doing something different, part of it is coming up with the creative presentation and part of it is being creative about who you get it to,” Fletcher explains. "Don’t try to go through the HR rep or the recruiter, because they get thousands of résumés a week. Send it to the CEO.”