Blog Fold Background One
Home > 
Blog

Enhancv Blog

Welcome to our blog! Here, you'll read our thoughts, tips, and lessons learned from five years of building resumes to feel proud of.

Article Image
The Resume Bulletin
11 Online Resumes That Will Get Anyone Hired

Have you considered what it would be like to get hired for that one dream company that’s been lingering in the back of your mind? You’re probably thinking the chances are really odd, right? Most of the time, applicants find it difficult to land a job opening to work for the company of their dreams. At times, it may even seem out of reach… While there are different factors at play, it’s definitely not impossible. Even if you lack the ideal requirements, as long as you can prove yourself through an online resume application, it wouldn’t be a problem. But just before we get straight into it, it’s useful to get a better idea of what an online resume is. What еxactly Are Online Resumes?An online resume is a digital resume with all the standard resume sections but through the web, via the internet. It’s not quite the same as a normal resume format that’s a PDF or text document. Instead, the online resume format is something you would show on the internet where it can be seen online. The big advantage of using online resumes like this is that they can be received almost immediately. Usually, when recruiters are looking for a candidate to fill a particular job posting, they’ll go through online resumes since they’re faster to review. It saves time but more importantly, if it’s done right, it enables you to present yourself as a qualified, unique and valuable worker that’s a good fit for the company. For instance, you’ve probably heard of Nina4Airbnb. One of the most famous online resumes that has been reposted all over the Internet… She went viral pretty fast – got tonnes of attention, and above all, she was hired in her dream company. Sounds really lucky. Maybe it’s a fluke… Well, she’s not the only one. In fact, there are a bunch of other people who did the same thing: created a novel online resume and were swarmed with job offers left and right. With that being said, we’ll take a look at 11 of the most creative online resume examples we’ve seen that got candidates employed in their dream jobs. Take inspiration and notes from them for your next resume application! Want specific inspiration for your industry? Check out our resume examples section that got people hired at their dream jobs! The Reverse Job Application Usually, you’re supposed to be the one frantically looking for job openings on a variety of websites – especially if you’re a fresh college grad. For some, this may be soul-crushing: being rejected time after time doesn’t leave much room for confidence. That’s what happened to Andrew Horner. Instead, he decided to reverse-engineer the entire process, creating a reverse application website. In this case, companies had to go out of their way to meet Andrew’s standards rather than the other way around. And as you’ve probably already guessed, he got hired. The unusual part here is that he never listed any of his skills or experiences. On his website, he focused on describing his personality. There wasn’t as much emphasis on portraying himself as a paper-filling, coffee-brewing potential intern. Link: http://www.reversejobapplication.com/ Google, Please Hire Me Some people go out of their way to get hired in their favorite company. But it’s way, way, way more far than just filling an application. If only it was that easy… Now, this guy here, with his majestic moustache, spent $3,000 of his own capital to make a marketing campaign… The goal was to get noticed by Google. Which in turn, he essentially proved himself and his skills in marketing. That’s one hell of a way to apply for a job, huh? Let me guess what you’re thinking, he must’ve managed to land the job, right? Surprisingly, he didn’t get hired at Google – but he did end up scoring a sweet gig in a San Francisco based startup instead: SigFig, a financial management platform for individual investors. The mustachioed marketer himself described it as a job that makes you want to get up in the morning. Check out his website at http://googlepleasehire.me/ An Amaz-ing Resume Everyone knows that applying to jobs is basically selling yourself and value you can bring over to your new company. Our guy Philippe here, took that concept a bit too seriously… He created a whole online resume website with the Amazon design, and started selling himself – literally. Sadly, the website is currently all out of Phils, as he got hired in his dream company, the Birchbox, one of the leading discovery commerce platforms, operating in both the US and Europe. Link: http://phildub.com/ Nina4AirBNB One of the most common ways to land a job is to blow them away with your enthusiasm. Show the company how much you care – and be genuine. Most people tend to research a lot about the company and try to forcefully impress the interviewer. What Nina did was something along the lines with dedication pumped up to the max. She analyzed the global tourism market, and gave AirBNB recommendations based on her research. If that alone doesn’t show enthusiasm and competence, we don’t know what does. Even after that, surprisingly enough, Nina didn’t end up working for AirBnB. However, despite not meeting her main goal, she described the campaign as a major success. With over 400k visits to her website, 30k to her blog, as well as a huge number of interviews, it’s safe to say she’s with some of the best companies out there. Check out her website at http://www.nina4airbnb.com/ Interactive-Video Game-Resume Robby Leonardi came by with his videogame resume and blew us away. It’s not the stereotypical professional resume format you would see online. His replacement for the resume sections structure was a “game” – a simple platformer where you, the character advances as you scroll down. Just when we thought this list couldn’t get any weirder… Robby mentioned that the website is influenced by the Super Mario games, hence you may have thought that the game looked a bit familiar. Currently, Robby works at Fox News as a web content designer/creator. But taking into consideration his qualifications, we’re pretty sure this guy can work for whoever he wants to work with. Link: http://www.rleonardi.com/interactive-resume/ Also, Portfolio: http://www.rleonardi.com/design-portfolio/ Super Mike’s Super Online Resume Another online resume website example here – from the legend amongst App strategists… His name is Super Mike. Changing the world one app at a time, Mike is famous around the globe. Visionaries of today’s society have described Mike as “the bicycle for your strategic needs,” – Steve Jobs, and “Always two there are, no more; the Brand and SuperMike,” – Master Yoda. Exaggerations aside, Mike’s personal website is comprehensive: a full history of his employment, case studies, coupled with a tinge of humor. He’s also worked for top-of-the-line companies as a strategist, including Ubisoft, Ogilvy, and so on. Link: http://super-mike.com/ Florian for Adidas Just like Nina’s online resume format, Florian goes all in to get hired at Adidas. He lists his work history, passions and interests to explain how exactly he can help develop miCoach. What’s great about this is that it’s short, concise, and straight to the point. With this, he ended up being employed at Adidas. However, after a while, he left in order to work on his own entrepreneurial endeavors. To be specific, Grit – an app that pairs you with professional running coaches. Link: http://www.florianisallin.com/ QR Code Resume https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs7tLBSENx4&feature=youtu.be How do you get hired in a tough industry like communications straight after completing college? When there’s so many applicants in the communications industry with lots of competition, limited spaces and having limited professional experience, how realistic is getting hired? Well, according to Victor Petit, the aim of the game is to show a bit of creativity – which is what he did, through his QR coded resume. After suffering the pain of looking for an internship without much experience, he decided to think outside the box, landing him a job straight off. Link: http://www.victorpetit.fr/QR-CODE-Talking-Resume E-Bio Martin Ringlein, a design manager at Twitter, created a personal website – with a twist. The style isn’t that of a classic resume. Rather, the resume website format is structured as a timeline to showcase his experience and skills. This is one way to show how skilled you are without having to use a resume filled with plain text to describe yourself. In other words, through his online resume resume website, he’s showing – not just ‘“telling”. Therefore there’s more meaning and impact behind his application. Currently, as a high-end professional, Martin isn’t looking for a job. The website itself acts more of a personal bio where employers can easily see what he’s about. Link: http://marty.com/ The Anti-Resume Manifesto Let’s face it – traditional resumes are outdated. It tells what companies you’ve worked for, what jobs you’ve taken, how experienced and skilled you are… That, however, can be very irrelevant. And the way it’s presented can be very generic and common. The conventional resume format doesn’t show who you are as a person, whether you’d be a good culture fit, nor does it show your other relevant skills. And that’s exactly what we’re trying to change here at Enhancv. It also turns out that David Crandall holds the same opinion as us. He’s created the anti-resume manifesto, which explains that he’s not just another cog in a machine. Instead, you would conclude that he’s a talented individual, a superhuman asset and an absolute stud who could bring tonnes of value for any company. Link: http://www.slideshare.net/davidcrandall/my-antiresume-manifesto (Side note: our online resume service is one thing, but our resume scanners are another. Click here to use our resume checker so you can see how good or bad your resume is!) 11. Enhancv’s Online Resume Templates Maybe this is one you didn’t expect, but Enhancv’s online resume templates work pretty well in terms of the creative side of things. One factor we’re trying to change is the conventional standpoint towards the way resumes should be built. For the most part, candidates are using online resume builders that aren’t formatted to catch the employers attention. Because of this, it won’t resonate strong enough for the recruiter to feel a strong connection with you. On the other hand, a strategy that our online resume builder helps you implement are the visual aspects of your resume. For example, two colour combinations, resume icons, and engaging resume format designs. If you’re not too sure where to start, I suggest starting here so you can get into the zone where more ideas begin to emerge! [[ image here – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ENqRiraUy2KoY2hKj0lvlorVAUqJqibu/view?usp=sharing ]] Conclusion Did you notice the pattern from the examples listed? Hint: all those guys and girls got hired… It all begins with understanding your company and their values. How can you meet their expectations? Can you express your personality in a way that attracts the hiring manager and sets you apart from all the other job seekers in the workforce? Creativity isn’t easy. Simultaneously, it’s not as hard as you’d think. Start by deciding on an online resume format that works for your job opening. Don’t be afraid to think differently and unconventionally. Most of the time, people want to see if you have something new and different that you can bring to the table. If you want to learn how to tap into the power of online resumes, like our Facebook page to get our new guide as soon as it comes out! Alternatively, you can find 23 more creative resume examples by clicking here. From the online resumes listed, it proves that landing a high or dream job position isn’t exactly impossible. Rather, it comes to show that if you put some effort into your job-search, coupled with a bit of creativity and research, you can pretty much get hired anywhere. References: Nancy Young / Taylor Casti / Chris Lake / Vivian Giang / Lauren Fisher / Matthew Wauters / Ellis Hamburger / Ryan Lum / Miranda Miller / Upasna Kakroo / Lisa Eadicicco / Benjamin Snyder / Jenny Che / Chris Matyszczyk / Samatha Murphy Kelly / Add Dugdale / Liv Siddall / Jack Marshall / Ben Woods / Scott Dockweiler / Jenn Tardiff / Brenna Ehrlich / Aleksandra Sagan / Rich Dematteo / Thomas Frank / Ashley Lutz / Anna North / Melissa Stanger / Patricia Laya / Alyson Shontell / Will Oremus / Catharine Smith

Feb 23, 2024 10 min read
Article image
Resume Advice
2024 Resume Statistics From Over 12 000 US-Based Job-Seekers

In the rapidly evolving job market, understanding the intricate details of what makes a resume stand out can be a game-changer for job seekers. This article delves into the fascinating resume composition trends based on an extensive analysis of over 12,000 US-based resumes crafted in 2024. Research Objective and an Overview of the Methodology The objective of this research is to dissect the anatomy of modern-day resumes to unearth the trends and norms governing resume composition. Our comprehensive study is grounded on an extensive dataset of 12 085 resumes created in 2023 by US-based users, encompassing various elements, ranging from basic demographic information to the intricate details of professional experience and skills showcased. The data for this research comprises a myriad of anonymized factors including but not limited to: The type of position applied for, Presence of social media profiles, Length of the resume in pages and words, Summary section analysis, Skills listed, And a thorough examination of the professional experience section, among others. In the following sections, we will go through the basic demographic information, delve into the composition of resumes, evaluate the professional experience detailed, analyze the skills and qualifications presented, and explore additional sections like side projects. How Long Was an Average US Resume in 2024? The length of resumes has always been a topic of debate among job seekers and employers. However, there's considerable ambiguity concerning the ideal length of a resume. To address this, we conducted a comprehensive study, analyzing the length of resumes across various job applications. The objective was to identify prevalent trends and deduce the impact of resume length on the application process. Data was collected from a sample size of over 12,000 resumes of US-based applicants created in 2024, revealing preferences and common practices among job applicants. The data reveals a clear preference among job applicants for shorter resumes, with the distribution of resume lengths in percentages as follows: This distribution highlights that nearly 89.53% of job applicants submit resumes that are one or two pages long, underscoring a significant tendency towards brevity. Conversely, resumes longer than two pages are decidedly less common, constituting approximately 10.47% of the total, with those extending beyond three pages being particularly rare. The propensity for shorter resumes may be attributed to several factors. Employers often prefer concise resumes due to the volume of applications received. Shorter resumes are easier to scan quickly, ensuring that key qualifications and experiences are readily apparent. Moreover, the trend toward one or two-page resumes indicates a broader understanding of this preference among job seekers. They are tailoring their applications accordingly to align with the expectations of HR professionals and recruiters. However, the presence of resumes with more than two pages, while comparatively low, suggests that there are circumstances or industries where longer resumes are either acceptable or required. These instances could be related to positions requiring extensive technical expertise, academic backgrounds, or long, diversified work experiences. The data reveals a direct (and obvious) correlation between the number of pages and the average number of words per resume. From concise one-page resumes averaging approximately 287 words to extensive seven-page documents containing an average of roughly 2300 words, it's evident that the industry, position, and individual's experience play critical roles in determining resume length. Among all resumes analyzed, they averaged 438 words. One-page resumes: The average word count for a single-page resume is approximately 287 words. This suggests a highly concise presentation of the candidate's information, typically encompassing essential educational qualifications, core competencies, and relevant experiences. This brevity aligns with the popular professional advice advocating for succinctness and directness in resume writing, especially for entry-level positions or roles requiring less professional experience. Two-page resumes: Two-page resumes show a substantial increase in content, with an average of approximately 506 words. This allows for a more detailed summary of the applicant's qualifications, skills, and professional experiences. It's suitable for professionals with more work experience, multiple job changes, or extensive skills and qualifications that cannot be adequately captured in a single page. Three-page resumes and more: As the resume length extends to three pages and beyond, the word count increases significantly, suggesting a comprehensive detailing of the applicant's career journey, including multiple roles, detailed project experiences, publications, certifications, and potentially academic accomplishments (like research, teaching experience, etc.). Particularly, resumes with six or seven pages feature an extensive amount of detail, potentially relevant for high-level positions, academia, or fields where a detailed professional history is crucial. The average word counts for these are approximately 1552 and 2300 words, respectively. Length of a Resume and Experience Length We also wanted to explore the relationship between the length of a professional resume and the average number of job positions listed. By analyzing resumes ranging from one to seven pages, a progressive increase was observed in the number of positions presented as the length of the resume increased. One-page resumes: Individuals with one-page resumes have held an average of approximately 3.72 positions. This suggests that these candidates are either early in their career stages or have maintained relatively stable roles within fewer companies. The emphasis for individuals in this group is likely on the quality of experience over quantity, highlighting key skills and contributions more than a diverse work history. Two-page resumes: With an average of approximately 5.33 positions, two-page resumes typically belong to mid-career professionals who have navigated through more roles and possibly have more diverse experiences. This length allows for a detailed presentation of their skills and contributions across various positions. Three-page resumes and beyond: Resumes exceeding two pages show a substantial increase in the number of positions held, with three-page resumes reflecting an average of approximately 6.88 positions, and this trend continues to rise with the length of the resume. These documents often belong to seasoned professionals, individuals who have held numerous roles or have extensive project-based experiences. Notably, resumes of six and seven pages, with an average of around 9.71 and 10.5 positions respectively, likely represent highly experienced professionals, possibly including those in academia, high-level executives, or consultants with project-intensive careers. Resume Length and Skills, Experience, and Positions Presented Resume length vs. average number of skills, experience length (years), and number of positions: 1 page: 5.46 skills, 10.94 years, 3.72 positions 2 pages: 7.38 skills, 15.11 years, 5.33 positions 3 pages: 9.38 skills, 18.12 years, 6.88 positions 4 pages: 11.88 skills, 19.93 years, 8.31 positions 5 pages: 10.62 skills, 19.49 years, 8.82 positions 6 pages: 19.29 skills, 22.31 years, 9.71 positions 7 pages: 12.67 skills, 19.28 years, 10.5 positions The increase in the number of skills and positions with longer resumes may be due to professionals accumulating more skills and changing roles more frequently throughout a longer career. The dip in skills at five pages and the subsequent rise could suggest varying strategies in resume preparation, such as a more selective approach to skill listing or a transition point in career complexity. The plateau in the years of experience beyond four pages may indicate a threshold in career duration after which individuals don't significantly change roles or gain new skills, or it might reflect a standard career span in certain industries. Resume Header Section of US Resumes in 2024 The resume header serves as the initial point of contact between a candidate and a prospective employer, encapsulating essential contact information and digital footprints. It's the doorway through which recruiters step into the world of a candidate, guided by the cues presented in the form of address, social links, email type, and photo. The inquiry stretched across various elements— the presence of location details, the inclusion of social media links, the choice between personal or professional email, and the decision to include a photo. Job-Seekers’ Home Address in Resume Out of the total resumes analyzed, 10,345 of them had a location or address present in the header, while 1,740 did not have an address included. This indicates that a significant majority (approximately 86%) of the individuals chose to include their address in the resume header. Now, deciding to put your address on a resume isn't a clear-cut choice. In the old days, it was pretty standard to have your address up there. So, some hiring folks, especially those from older generations, might still look for it. And if you're gunning for a job in your hometown, having your local address can be a good shout. It can tell a potential employer, "Hey, I'm around and ready to jump in!" But, there's the other side of the coin. Privacy is a big deal nowadays. I mean, who wants their personal information floating around, right? Plus, if an employer has some biases about where you live, not including your address can sidestep that issue. And if you're thinking of relocating for a job, having an out-of-town address might raise more questions. Will you move? How serious are you about the job? A neat trick some people use is to only mention the city and state. It's a good middle ground, giving a sense of where you are without handing out your full address. And if you're applying for jobs outside of your current city, just drop a line in your cover letter or resume about your plans to move. It can clear the air right from the start. At the end of the day, whether to include your address boils down to what feels right for you and the job you're applying for. The digital age has shifted the norms a bit, but like most things, it's all about finding a balance that works for you. Social Media Links in Resumes Out of the 12,085 resumes we took a peek at, a whopping 11,857 didn’t have any social network links. That's about 98% of folks keeping their socials separate from their professional personas. Now, there’s a small group who do blend the professional with the personal. About 157 people included just one social link. Maybe they have a killer Instagram or a Twitter feed that's all about their industry. Then there's an even smaller group of 60 people who have two social links on there. And hats off to the 11 brave souls who went all out with three social network links. They're probably confident that their entire online presence paints them in a good light. But why the variation? Well, adding social links to a resume can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, it can show you're tech-savvy, in touch with modern platforms, and have nothing to hide. But on the flip side, there's always the risk of a potential employer stumbling upon that one post you'd rather they didn't see. For many, it's a matter of playing it safe by leaving socials off their resume. But for others, especially those in industries where online presence matters, showcasing selected social platforms can give them an edge. In the end, like a lot of resume choices, it's all about understanding the job, the industry, and what story you want to tell about yourself. What Types of Emails Job-Seekers Use in Their Resumes From the 12,012 resumes with email addresses we analyzed, a vast majority of 10,443 people—that's about 87%—used their personal email addresses. Now, while there's a sizable chunk doing that, 1,148 folks have gone with their company emails, making up almost 10% of the lot. Then there's a smaller group of 421 individuals, roughly 3.5%, using their university emails as their primary point of contact. Email choice on a resume can be quite telling. Most people stick to personal emails because they're, well, personal. It's an address that's likely to stay consistent regardless of job changes, making it a reliable way for potential employers to reach out. Plus, it's always a good idea to keep job hunting separate from your current workplace, and using a personal email is a step in that direction. Now, using a company email? That's an interesting choice. It might signal confidence or maybe just an oversight. However, it can raise eyebrows. Some employers might wonder about the professionalism of a candidate using their current workplace's resources for job hunting. It's a bit like using the company's printer for your resume. It's not illegal, but it does raise questions. The university email users are probably recent graduates or those still linked to academia in some way. It's not uncommon for students or recent alumni to use their university emails, especially if they believe it might give them an edge, signaling their recent academic achievements or affiliations. In the grand scheme of things, it's always best to use an email address that looks professional, is unlikely to change, and doesn't mix current work with job hunting. Personal emails usually tick all those boxes, but like all things in life, it's about context and making sure the choice aligns with the story you're trying to tell on your resume. Correlation Between Type of Email Used and Job-Seekers’ Experience Length From the 12,012 resumes we looked into, we found some intriguing patterns when it comes to the type of email used and how it ties to experience. Starting off with the company email crowd, which is about 1,148 people, they seem to be the seasoned pros of the lot. On average, they're rocking a solid 16.18 years of experience. My guess? These folks have been around the block, probably settled into their roles, maybe even climbed a good chunk of the corporate ladder. Now, the personal email group, that's the biggie. With 10,443 people in this category, they've got an average experience of 13.37 years. So, they're kind of in the middle ground. Given the large number, this group likely has a mix of folks—some just starting out, others in their prime professional years, and a few who've seen it all but prefer to keep things personal when job hunting. Then we have the university email users. A group of 421, and they're averaging about 8.56 years of experience. These are probably the young guns—recent grads, early-career enthusiasts, or maybe even folks diving back into academia for further studies. So, if we're connecting the dots, it seems like as people progress in their careers, their choice of email on resumes shifts—from university to personal and, for some, to company. But, as with all patterns, there are always individual stories and reasons behind each choice. And while these trends are cool to spot, it's always good to remember everyone's journey is unique. Photos in US Resumes in 2024 Of the 12,085 resumes we delved into, 6,447 decided to skip including a photo—that's a little over half. On the other hand, 5,638 folks opted to put their faces front and center, making up almost 47% of the sample. So, it's almost a split decision, with a slight lean towards not having a photo. Now, the decision to add a photo to a resume is a nuanced one, especially when we're talking about job hunting in the US. Here's the thing: in the States, many employers and hiring experts advise against it. Why, you ask? Well, the primary reason is to avoid any potential bias or discrimination. The US has pretty strong employment discrimination laws, and companies are super wary of any potential biases based on appearance, age, race, or gender. By not having a photo, it ensures that the hiring decision is based purely on skills and qualifications. Another reason is the cultural norm. Unlike some other countries where a photo might be standard, in the US, the focus is more on the content of the resume than the aesthetics. Now, there are exceptions. If you're in a field like acting or modeling, where appearance is a significant factor, then a photo is not just accepted—it's expected. But for most job seekers, the general advice would be to keep the resume photo-free. It's all about letting your experience and skills do the talking. However, as with everything, there are always exceptions to the rule. Just be sure you're aware of the potential implications and make an informed choice! Resume Summary And Objective Section in 2024 The resume summary and objective serve as the introductory notes to a candidate's professional narrative, offering a glimpse into their career path and aspirations. In the evolving arena of job hunting, these segments have adopted nuanced changes, aligning with the preferences of recruiters and the overarching job market trends. Our research ventured into exploring the dynamics of resume summaries and objectives in 2024. The inquiry aimed to uncover the prevailing trends—whether candidates include a resume summary in their resumes. Additionally, the analysis extended to the word count, assessing if brevity or detailed narratives are gaining favor. As we delve into this section, we will unveil the findings on how modern-day job seekers are navigating the delicate balance between summarizing their professional journey and stating their career objectives. Through a careful examination, this section aims to provide insights into the current trends governing these crucial resume segments, shedding light on their impact and relevance in the 2024 job market. Is the Summary Section Present in US Resumes The first question is - how many candidates included a resume summary & objective section on their resumes? Out of the 12,085 resumes we looked into, 4,901 individuals, which is about 40%, made the strategic choice to include a summary or objective. These folks understand the importance of a strong introduction. A well-crafted summary can act as a spotlight, focusing the employer's attention on key strengths, ambitions, and what one brings to the table. On the other hand, while a majority of 7,184 people chose not to include a summary, they might be missing out on a prime opportunity. Starting a resume with a summary can give potential employers a clear picture right off the bat. It's like having a movie trailer before the main event—it sets the tone and builds interest. Especially in today's fast-paced job market, where hiring managers are swamped with applications, a compelling summary can make a resume stand out from the crowd. It can be particularly crucial for those switching careers, emphasizing transferable skills, or highlighting a unique value proposition. In a nutshell, while the data shows a split in preference, there's undeniable power in a well-penned summary. It's more than just an introduction; it's a chance to make a memorable first impression! In a nutshell - a well-written summary or objective is a resume must-have! How Long Is an Average Resume Summary in 2024 From the data on 12,085 resumes, there's a fascinating link between the number of job positions listed and the average length of the resume summary. Starting off with those who've held just one position, their summaries average around 45 words. It's concise, probably giving a snapshot of their unique value or the core skills they've honed in that role. As we look at folks with two or three positions, the word count slightly increases, hovering around 47 to 52 words. They might be weaving in more skills and experiences from diverse roles they've tackled. Moving up the ladder, those with four to seven roles have summaries that range from 51 to 57 words. With a broader range of experiences, they're likely showcasing a blend of skills and achievements across different positions. Now, here's where it gets interesting. Individuals with eight to ten roles have summaries reaching up to 74 words on average. This group, with a wealth of experience across various roles, probably has a lot to highlight and convey to potential employers. Beyond ten roles, the word count starts to vary more, but we see some peaks. For instance, those with 13 roles have summaries averaging around 80 words, and those with 14 roles go up to 87 words. The pattern suggests that as professionals gather more diverse experiences, they might feel the need to provide a richer context or narrative in their summaries. However, there are some exceptions. For example, those with 24 roles have a summary of around 103 words, while those with 34 roles have kept it to 65 words. It shows that while experience can influence summary length, individual choices and the nature of the roles can also play a part. In essence, the data paints a picture of progression. As individuals traverse their careers, collecting a medley of experiences, their summaries tend to expand, reflecting the richness of their journey. But, like any good story, the art is in balancing detail with brevity, ensuring the essence shines through without overwhelming the reader. Work Experience Section of US Resumes The work experience section is a key part of a resume, telling potential employers about a candidate’s job history. In this section, we’ll dig into the numbers to see what they reveal. We'll look at how many jobs people list, and see how this relates to the overall length of the resume and the amount of experience they have. We’ll also consider how long people stayed in their longest-held job, as this can show a person’s commitment and growth in a particular role. The locations of these jobs can tell us if a candidate prefers to stick around or move about, which is especially interesting in the modern shift towards remote work noted by the use of the keyword 'remote' in the location field. Lastly, we’ll check for quantifiable achievements listed under each job. These achievements can show a candidate’s impact in each role, making the resume more than just a list of jobs, but a story of their professional journey. Through this analysis, we aim to provide a clearer view of how people are presenting their work histories in today’s job market. Number of Positions Presented in US Resumes We can discern a relationship between the number of years of experience and the average number of positions listed on a resume. Starting with the fresher crowd, those with just a year (or even less) of experience, they've averaged around 1 to 2 positions on their resume. That makes sense, right? They're just dipping their toes in the professional world, trying out roles, and perhaps even exploring internships or short-term gigs. As we cruise into the 2 to 5-year range, the number of positions listed tends to hover around 2 to 3. This group is likely moving past their initial roles, maybe job-hopping a bit, or even taking on different roles within the same company. Progressing to the mid-career professionals, with experience ranging from 6 to 15 years, we see an average of 3 to 5 positions listed. This period often involves climbing the corporate ladder, diversifying skills, or even changing industries. The variety of roles reflects the dynamic nature of this phase. Now, when we reach the seasoned pros with 16 to 30 years under their belt, the average positions listed go from 5 to 7. With such a vast expanse of time, these folks have likely seen multiple industries, dabbled in various roles, or even taken sabbaticals. Beyond 30 years, the pattern becomes a bit more varied. While some, with 34 years of experience, have a high of almost 8 positions, others, like those with 40 years, have around 5. This could be due to various factors—some might have settled into long-term roles, while others might have taken on consultancy gigs or short-term projects. The real curveball comes with those with 41 years of experience—they average almost 10 positions! Perhaps they've had a vibrant mix of roles, or maybe they've been avid job-hoppers, eager to experience the full spectrum of their industry. In essence, the data paints a vivid picture of a professional's journey. As they rack up the years, the number of positions on their resume tends to increase, reflecting their evolving journey. Resume Length and Number of Positions Presented There's a clear correlation between the length of the resume (in pages) and the average number of positions listed. Starting with the one-pagers, which are the gold standard for many job seekers, the average number of positions is around 3.7. This group is likely composed of individuals who are either early in their careers or have chosen to keep things super concise, focusing on their most impactful roles. Now, when we turn the page to the two-pagers, the number of positions listed jumps up to an average of 5.3. This is probably the sweet spot for many mid-career professionals—enough space to showcase a diverse range of experiences without overwhelming the reader. The three-page resumes, with an average of 6.9 positions, might belong to those who've had a broader range of roles or those who've dabbled in various industries. It's a length that allows for depth without becoming a novella. Moving on to the four and five-page resumes, we see an average of 8.3 and 8.8 positions respectively. These are likely the seasoned pros, individuals who've accumulated a wealth of experiences and are keen on highlighting their diverse journey. The six to eight-page range has an average of 9.7 to 11 positions. This group is possibly made up of specialists or consultants who've taken on a plethora of roles or projects over their careers. Now, the nine-pagers, averaging 8 positions, seem to be an anomaly. They might be diving deeper into each role, offering extensive details, or maybe even listing publications, projects, or accolades. In a nutshell, as resumes lengthen, the number of positions tends to increase, painting a richer tapestry of one's professional journey. However, it's also a reminder that while quantity has its place, the quality of presentation and relevance to the job at hand remains paramount. After all, a resume, no matter its length, is all about telling your story in the most compelling way! Longest-Held Positions and Overall Experience Length Kicking things off with the newbies, those with less than a year of experience have their longest role averaging about 0.54 years. These are likely the newcomers, fresh out of school or training, who are just starting their professional journey. As we venture into the 1 to 5-year range, the longest-held position gradually increases, from 1.35 years to 3.66 years. This period often represents the early career phase, where individuals are settling into their first serious roles, gaining foundational experience, and perhaps exploring a few different positions or companies. Moving to the mid-career phase, around the 6 to 15-year mark, the longest-held position stretches from 3.98 years to 7.24 years. It paints a picture of stability and growth, suggesting that during this time, many professionals find roles where they can dig deep, develop expertise, and perhaps climb within the same organization. From 16 to 30 years of experience, the average of the longest-held position ranges from 7.34 to 12.80 years. These are the seasoned pros, individuals who've likely found roles or organizations where they've invested significant portions of their careers, possibly taking on leadership roles or specializing in niche areas. Beyond 30 years, the data varies more, but we see some high numbers. For instance, those with 35 years of experience have, on average, held a position for an impressive 16.95 years. And there's a standout at the 38-year mark, with an average longest-held role of 24.02 years! These numbers suggest deep commitment and perhaps roles of significant responsibility or expertise. In essence, as professionals accumulate experience over the years, they often find roles where they spend substantial chunks of time, reflecting commitment, growth, and deep expertise. The journey from hopping between early-career roles to settling into long-term positions is a testament to the evolving nature of one's career path. Do The Positions Presented in Resumes Have Location Present A significant majority, 10,078 individuals to be precise, have chosen to include locations for their job positions. That's a hefty 83% of the lot. These folks probably see the value in letting potential employers know where they've worked geographically. It can give context, showcase willingness to relocate, or even highlight international experience. On the other side, we've got 2,007 individuals, making up about 17%, who've decided to skip mentioning locations for their roles. They might be focusing purely on the roles and responsibilities, or perhaps they have privacy concerns. Incorporating location in a resume can provide a richer context to one's career journey. For instance, working in tech in Silicon Valley or finance in New York City carries a certain weight and connotation. However, the decision to include or exclude location is a personal one and might be influenced by the nature of the job, industry standards, or individual preferences. In a nutshell, while there's a clear trend towards including locations, there's still a portion who opt for a more location-agnostic approach. As with many resume choices, it boils down to what the individual believes best tells their professional story. Job-Seekers’ Mobility - Do The Locations Presented Differ Between Positions Diving into this data from 10,078 resumes that have location data included in the experience section: A significant portion, 8,725 individuals, have roles that span multiple cities. That's a striking 87% who've perhaps hopped between places during their career. This suggests a dynamic workforce, with many professionals gaining experience across different geographies, or maybe they're just bitten by the travel bug! Contrastingly, 1,353 individuals, or about 13%, have positions all located in the same city. These folks might have found a city they adore and decided to build their entire career there. Or perhaps, the opportunities in their field are concentrated in that particular city. The decision to stay in one city or explore opportunities in various places can depend on multiple factors. Industry hubs, personal preferences, family considerations, or even lifestyle choices can play a part. In essence, while many seem to have careers that have taken them to various cities, a significant number have chosen to root their professional journey in one place. How Many Resumes Underline the “Remote” Work Experience A majority of 7,358 individuals, which is about 73%, have not used the keyword "remote" in their job location. These folks are likely indicating traditional, physical work locations, possibly underscoring the importance or preference for on-site roles in their career narratives. On the other hand, 2,720 individuals, making up 27% of the sample, have highlighted "remote" in their job locations. This is a substantial number, suggesting a growing trend or acceptance of remote work. These individuals might be digital nomads, freelancers, or employees in companies with a strong remote work culture. Especially in recent years, with the rise of technology and changing work dynamics, the concept of remote work has become more prevalent. In conclusion, while a significant number of resumes still lean towards traditional job locations, there's a sizable chunk that embraces the remote work trend. It's an indicator of the evolving nature of work and how professionals are adapting to these changes in the job market. Using Quantifiable Achievements in 2024 US Resumes In the realm of job applications, quantifiable achievements on a resume are akin to gold. They offer concrete evidence of one's capabilities, turning abstract duties into tangible results. Employers often sift through countless resumes, and numbers can make accomplishments pop, providing a clear measure of success. Whether it's increasing revenue by a certain percentage, managing large teams, or executing projects under tight budgets, these figures tell a story of impact and effectiveness. In essence, quantifiable achievements transform a resume from a mere list of duties into a compelling narrative of value and contribution. A majority, 9,784 individuals or aboutBout 81%, have not used numbers or "%" in their position descriptions. This suggests that they've opted for more qualitative descriptions, focusing on duties, roles, and perhaps skills without necessarily quantifying their achievements. On the flip side, 2,301 individuals, which is roughly 19% of the sample, have incorporated numbers or "%" in their descriptions. This group understands the power of quantifiable achievements. Using numbers or percentages can provide a clearer picture of the impact they've made—whether it's boosting sales by a certain percentage, managing a team of a specific size, or completing projects under budget. Quantifiable achievements can be a strong selling point on a resume, as they provide concrete evidence of one's contributions and can make accomplishments more tangible to potential employers. In a nutshell, while most resumes in this sample lean towards qualitative descriptions, a significant number recognize the value of quantifying their achievements. It's a reminder that numbers can speak volumes, adding weight and clarity to one's professional story. Side Projects Presented in 2024 US Resumes From the 12,085 resumes we've delved into: The lion's share, 9,866 individuals or a whopping 82%, have no side projects listed. It seems for many, their primary roles or formal education have taken center stage on their resumes, leaving little room or relevance for side endeavors. However, not everyone has kept their extracurricular professional endeavors under wraps. There's a collective 18% that have dabbled in side projects. Here's a closer look: 527 individuals, around 4%, have taken on one side project. These folks might have a passion project or a single venture they've pursued alongside their main job. As for those with two or three side projects, they make up a combined 9%, with 622 and 521 individuals respectively. This group seems to have a knack for juggling multiple interests or spotting varied opportunities outside their primary roles. As the number of side projects increases, the count of individuals tends to decrease. From four to ten side projects, the numbers range from 252 individuals down to just 5. This suggests a smaller cohort of highly entrepreneurial or multifaceted professionals. In essence, while the majority of resumes spotlight primary roles and experiences, there's a significant minority that showcases side projects. These projects can offer a glimpse into an individual's passions, versatility, and initiative, painting a richer, more multi-dimensional picture of the candidate. Whether it's a tech hobby turned startup or a community initiative, side projects can add a unique flavor to a professional narrative. Single- Or Double-Column - The Most Popular Resume Format in 2024 A significant majority, 10,942 individuals or about 91%, have opted for a double column format for their resumes. This choice is quite popular, suggesting that many find it a useful way to present information concisely, making the most of the available space. It allows for a structured presentation, often enabling job seekers to fit more details on a page without it feeling cluttered. On the other side, we have 1,143 individuals, or approximately 9%, who've chosen a single column format. This more traditional layout is straightforward and can be particularly effective when the content is minimal or when individuals want a cleaner, more linear read for their prospective employers. In essence, while the double column format seems to be the go-to choice for most, there's still a group that leans towards the simplicity and clarity of a single column layout. The format of a resume, much like its content, often reflects personal preferences, the nature of the industry, and the specific role being applied for. Both formats have their merits, and the best choice often boils down to what aligns best with the individual's story and the job they're eyeing. Key takeaways The comprehensive analysis of over 12,000 US-based resumes has unveiled critical insights into the composition and trends of resumes in 2024. The findings reveal a notable preference for brevity, with the majority of job seekers opting for 1-2 page resumes. While traditional elements like educational background and work experience maintain their significance, the article highlights a gradual shift towards including remote work experiences and side projects, suggesting an adaptation to the evolving professional landscape. The data also reflects a strong inclination towards the double-column resume format, with a whopping 91% of job seekers favoring this structure for its space efficiency and readability. Despite the value of quantifiable achievements in showcasing one's impact in previous roles, 81% of candidates still choose not to include numbers or percentages in their resumes, potentially missing out on highlighting measurable success. Key Takeaways: Resume Length: The prevailing trend is towards 1-2 page resumes, accommodating the recruiter's preference for concise documentation. Remote Work: A significant 27% of resumes now list "remote" as a work location, underscoring the shift towards flexible working environments. Quantifiable Achievements: A vast majority are not utilizing numbers to detail accomplishments, potentially undervaluing the quantification of their impact. Format Preference: The double-column format is the overwhelming choice for job seekers, reflecting a trend towards more structured and space-efficient resumes. Side Projects: 18% of candidates list side projects, suggesting additional skills and experiences that extend beyond traditional employment history. Traditional Elements Persist: Despite evolving trends, many resumes still include traditional elements like home addresses, indicating a nod to conventional resume formats. This study provides invaluable insights for job seekers to refine their resumes and for employers to understand current trends in resume composition. It underscores the importance of evolving with the job market while also appreciating the enduring value of traditional resume elements.

Nov 27, 2023 30 min read
Article image
Career Growth
Make Your LinkedIn Profile Stand Out and Get Noticed With These 18 Expert Tips

LinkedIn is a great way to showcase your work experience, skills and abilities, and to network with other professionals in your field. There are over 875 million people using LinkedIn right now, and this gives you the ability to get noticed. The thing about LinkedIn is that many people stumble onto your page, and for that short amount of time, you can showcase your brand and who you are. This can mean all the difference when your profile shows up in searches, as you can differentiate yourself from other professionals in your field. in this article, we will look at: 18 tips to make your LinkedIn profile stand out and get noticed If you are interested in building your own personal brand and making yourself stand out from the crowd, speak to a career counselor from Enhancv. They can help you build confidence as you grow your network. 8 Tips on How to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Standout 1. Pick the perfect profile picture for LinkedIn By picking the perfect picture for LinkedIn, you could help to connect with people who visit your site. It is your first impression that you make with people who visit your profile page, so do your best to find an appropriate picture which makes you look professional. There is that adage where you should dress for the job that you want and not the job that you have. Therefore, when you’re taking a profile picture, wear what you would normally wear to work in the picture. Choose a picture where your face takes up at least 60% of the overall picture. If you use a photo where your face is far away, it might be hard for people to actually see you. 2. Add a background photo Adding a background photo is a great way to customize your profile. Background photos are often neglected, but they are a hidden gem which helps your profile stand out. You can include a picture that fits with your motto, or throw in an aesthetically pleasing landscape of a meadow, both of which give visitors to your site a little more information about who you are and what you value. 3. Create a great headline Tucked away at the top of your profile is the description portion of your profile. Most people tend to just put a job title in there, but you could use it for so much more. You have 120 characters to work with, which you can use to share about why you do what you do and what motivates you. Think of it as more like an elevator pitch than a simple job title. Here’s a simple formula you can use to write the best LinkedIn headline: Write to your target audience: Are you a freelancer looking to get more work? Then make your headline geared towards some products or services you sell. If you primarily have LinkedIn to network, briefly describe your role at the company that you’re working at. Avoid buzzwords: buzzwords are everywhere in business, and they actually lose their meaning when used so many times. ‘Leveraged’, ‘paradigm shift,’ ‘synergy’. These are words that seem to say a lot but fall short of giving a detail description of who you are. Mention what you offer: Your headline is an opportunity for you to share what you offer, without seeming to ‘salesy’. Share what you’re good at, and people will be interested in learning from you. 4. Craft an interesting summary that showcases your skills and experience The best piece of advice for writing your LinkedIn summary is to turn it into your own story. It’s a place where you can bring out all the skills and experience you have, while also showing the workplace journey that you’ve made yourself who you are today. You are not just a collection of skills and abilities, but a fully fleshed out human being. Use your summary is a place to shine. 5. Match your profile to your industry or field Create your profile to match those from other professionals within your field. Search other profiles, and identify what main things that they include in their profile. Ask yourself: Do the profiles tend to be more formal or informal? What are industry specific terms or achievements which most professionals highlight in their profile? Do other profiles use visual media to highlight their achievements? There are many other things to look for, but by glimpsing the profiles of others in your field, you can get a great understanding of the typical profile page. 6. Use the right keywords Keywords are important on your LinkedIn page as they can allow you to be found by recruiters and hiring managers. Keywords are specific words or phrases that can allow you to be included in search results. They’re also different from buzzwords, as buzzwords are professional jargon, whereas keywords provide context to skills and achievements that you’ve made. For example, if you mention you are a senior content marketing manager, some common keywords that you may include throughout your profile include digital marketing, social media marketing, project management, and marketing strategy. You can use these terms to build up your professional brand by sharing moments where you’ve excelled in those roles. 7. Get rid of buzzwords Buzzwords are like the junk food of the professional writing world: they seem to say a lot, but are ultimately filled with empty calories and little meaning. “Innovative”, “hardworking”, and “specialized” are all terms which you could use to describe yourself, but you could ‘show’ and not ‘tell’. Share moments where you’ve learned new skills and become more specialized rather than leaving your readers with just the phrase “specialized” in your profile. You should do your best to comb through your profile, eliminating useless buzzwords. 8. Spotlight the services you offer If you do any freelance work, try to use your LinkedIn profile as an opportunity to highlight the products or services you offer. Also, include all your contact info so that potential employers or clients can properly get a hold of you. Engage With Your Connections 9. Grow your network One of the best things that you can do is to sync your profile with your email address book. This can allow LinkedIn to provide you with suggestions of people you should connect with. This can allow you to grow your network quickly. Also, all connection requests are sent with your permission, allowing you to vet all those people you’d like to add. In addition, when you meet colleagues or coworkers, be sure to search for them on LinkedIn. If you attend any trade shows or conferences and make any connections there, search those people up. 10. Engage with posts and content You can really make headway in building your network by simpling engaging with content of other professionals. A simple comment can cement a great bond with potential connections and may even lead to a job offer down the road. Make sure that you’re commenting for the right reasons, though. People can usually tell if you’ve got ulterior motives behind your comment, like trying to prospect for new clients or to sell your services. Be honest when writing comments and try to find a common ground between you and the original poster. Create Content and Customize Your Profile 11. Add videos and images to your profile Let’s be honest, it’s easier for the average person to consume content when it’s as videos and images. Multimedia presentations, like infographics, lectures, and professional presentations, help you highlight your communication skills and shed light on things that you’re passionate about. It might also be an opportunity for you to add ideas to the conversation within your field. You might have an interesting take on how AI can help to shape content marketing for the next decade. Share your views, but back them up with real statistics and information, and you can expect others to engage with your ideas. 12. Share multimedia content in your posts Share relevant content from other creators to your LinkedIn feed, Twitter, or other social media sites. This can also show that you’re engaging in the overall conversation. Also, add those who are considered thought leaders in your field, and set up notifications to get updated on new posts. 13. Customize your LinkedIn URL Customizing your LinkedIn URL actually makes your profile page easier to find and share. It can also boost your credibility, show that you’ve put effort into your page, and lead to more profile views. It can also help you if you’re creating a unique LinkedIn page for your business. Here’s how you do it: Sign into your LinkedIn profile and click on the "View Profile" button Once you land on your profile, check the menu right beneath your profile picture, and you should find a “Edit profile and public URL” button. Click it. You should find a prompt to edit your custom URL in the right-hand corner. Make your URL your first name and last name. Seek Endorsements and Recommendations 14. Manage your endorsements You’ll see endorsements flood in once you’ve set up your page. But you may notice that they’re skewed towards different work experiences that you’ve listed on your page. For example, you may receive endorsements from people who attended university with you, but you may be interested in getting more endorsements from recruiters and other relevant people. You can edit your endorsements list by clicking on your Skills section of your profile. You can choose which types of endorsements you’d like to show and others you’d like to hide. 15. Request recommendations Use your existing network to build a larger network by asking for recommendations. Connection requests can only get you so far when building your network, but by having someone you know recommend you to another professional, you have more credibility when you reach out to a potential connection. Those in your network can put their stamp of approval on you, and that can give job seekers a significant advantage when reaching out to hiring managers. Keep on Top of Your LinkedIn Profil 16. Take skills assessments Taking a skills assessment can open up job opportunities to job candidates because they can boost their credibility. In addition, you can even earn certificates and Verified Skills badges, which you can showcase on your LinkedIn profile. 17. Check your LinkedIn profile strength On your LinkedIn profile, you can find tips and tricks to help you create a great profile. You can find a “Suggested for you,” section inside the “View profile” feature of your page. From there, you can find prompts to help you complete your profile by adding more content. This can help to improve your profile’s discoverability in search results. 18. Keep your page active The most difficult thing to do is to keep your page active. It takes time to stay updated, but maintaining a good LinkedIn profile can help you grow your network. You can join groups within LinkedIn or follow more people to stay current. Follow any of the steps above to help you stay active on your page. Conclusion Whether it’s adding a sharp profile photo or including links to your personal website, having an up to date LinkedIn profile is vital. LinkedIn is at its core a networking website, and you can grow an extensive network by simply having a real online presence. Job seekers may wish to use their profile like an online resume, while others may choose to reach out to make connections by sending a unique personalized message. Whatever you do on your LinkedIn profile, you’re going to put your career on a more solid footing. If you’re interested in creating a stellar LinkedIn profile, speak with a career counselor from Enhancv. They can help you understand current professional trends, helping you to harness your online presence to gain more opportunities for work.

Oct 24, 2023 10 min read
Article image
Career Growth
How To Answer The “What Type of Work Environment Do You Prefer?” Interview Question

There are a handful of interview questions recruiters ask so often that you should always prepare how you answer them in advance. One is “what type of work environment do you prefer?”. While this seems like a casual question and answering it can be simple, there are some potential pitfalls you want to avoid. Answering this question wrong could seriously hurt your chances of advancing in the hiring process. Maybe you’re most productive in a busy place with background noise, or maybe you need a calm, serene spot. You might prefer a hot seat at a shared desk, a construction site, a fast-paced bullpen, or your kawaii desk setup. Before you go telling the recruiter you need one or the other, read our advice on navigating this potential minefield. Preparing for a job interview is a critical step toward reaching your career goals. Use our career counseling service to prepare for your next interview or any other career steps you’re thinking about. We’ve helped thousands of people succeed in their job search, prep for interviews, negotiate the details of their contracts, and otherwise hit their career targets. Get in touch with us If you want to do a deep dive on how to succeed in interviews, or if you're curious about other ways to navigate your career path better. Why do recruiters ask, "what type of work environment do you prefer?” I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: companies don’t hire skills; they hire people. By the time you get to the interview stage, the recruiter already knows you have the skills and experience for the job (since you’ve tailored your resume just for it…right?). But every company is a bit different, and they need to be sure you’ll mesh with their unique workplace and culture. Their office might be fast-paced with a hectic schedule of deliverables, or your job could be working remotely on your own schedule or even doing hours and hours of routine work day after day. You could also be standing all day on a noisy shop floor or in a blazing hot kitchen… or lounging in a C-suite on the top floor. Whatever the work environment is, it’s how they operate and what the role requires. So the recruiter wants to ensure you can work under those conditions and even thrive there. Being able to gauge if and how you’re going to fit in at the interview stage helps the recruiter tell whether there’s the possibility of a long-term fit for you. If they think you won't be a good fit for their workspace or company culture, or that you’re going to hate the job and quit in two weeks, they’ll move on to another candidate. Best approach to answer "what type of work environment do you prefer?” As far as tricky interview questions go, “what type of work environment do you prefer?” is actually pretty easy once you know what you should (and shouldn’t) say. There are just a few things to keep in mind when you plan your answer. First and most important is that your best strategy for answering the question is to come across as being flexible. If you convince the recruiter you’re flexible and can work in different environments, they’ll be open to continuing the conversation. The opposite is true, too: avoid being specific about the environment where you’re most productive or get your best work done. Don’t offer the recruiter information that could hurt your chances of progressing to the next stage of the hiring process. That being said, you need to be honest, so if there are certain environments that you absolutely can’t work in, don’t claim you can. You shouldn’t announce you struggle to be productive in specific environments, but don’t lie about being able to either! Prep your answer in advance using these four strategies: 1. Research the company The best way to prepare for this question (and every interview) is to do your research. In most cases, you’ll find plenty of information about the company on their website, or you can turn to review sites like Glassdoor to see what people have to say. Scroll through the ‘about us' section, the company vision and mission statements, and the team bios or pictures they include. It may be obvious, or you may have to read between the lines to get a sense of the company, their work ethic, and how formal they are. For example, if the ‘about us’ is all about the hard work they do, and everyone’s bio has a picture of them in dark suits, it’s a good bet it’s a pretty formal workplace. Likewise, if they go on about being keyed into fun and everyone has bio pictures in their street clothes, you can bet it’s more relaxed. 2. Reach out to your network Scour your network to find people that either work or have worked at the company themselves or know someone who has. Firsthand knowledge from trusted sources is a great resource. You can reach out to anyone you have on social media, and obviously your LinkedIn network will be a great place to look for people you know who might have worked there. Or you can comb through your past work experiences and reach out via email or call people you know who could help. Once you find them, ask your connections whether they know or have heard what the office or company culture is like where you're going to interview. Building up a picture of what the work environment is like at the company will help you avoid any major missteps when you’re answering this question. 3. Tie your answer back to what you learned The best answer you can give will show a connection between the type of work environment you prefer and what you learned about the company’s culture through your research. If you can show them you’re a natural match for the workplace they’ve built, they’ll feel you’re a good fit for the role. 4. Be honest with yourself It’s important you’re honest with yourself about this question. Don’t aim for jobs with a work environment you’re just going to struggle to get your work done in. For example, if you’re the type of worker who needs to work alone, you probably won’t be happy working as part of a close-knit team for very long. Compare what you need to work best and what you’ve learned about the role to decide whether it’s the right job for you. If it is a good fit, congrats! You can walk into the interview knowing you have this question all wrapped up. Learning about your best work environments is one step toward landing your dream job. If you’re wondering about any other part of the interview process, we’ve put together our best expert advice on the most common questions we get to help you ace your interview. Example answers to "what type of work environment do you prefer?” Example #1 This answer works because right off the bat you’re telling the interviewer how flexible you are, but you’re basing your answer on established knowledge you’ve gathered. This puts you in a great position with them because it shows you’re prepared and knowledgeable about the job, two great signs to a recruiter. Example #2 In this case, the answer shows that you have experience in different environments, and it’s no sweat to you. But, what sets this answer off is turning it into an opportunity to show how committed you are to the team, productivity, and making the most of the work culture for everyone - you’ll blow the recruiter away! Example #3 This answer is excellent if you haven’t been able (or couldn’t find the time) to research the company culture and work environment in advance. You show right away that you have flexibility, which we want, but also that you were proactive about looking into the company, even if you came up short on this specific point. Showing this level of initiative presents well to a recruiter. Plus, flipping the question back to them opens up a space for dialogue and engages them, which takes the pressure off of you. Takeaways Recruiters ask this to ensure you’ll fit into the company culture and setting. Always reinforce that you’re flexible and can work well in various settings. Avoid being too specific; the interviewer will lose interest if you’re a poor fit. Find out what you can about the company culture and environment in advance. Be honest if you know you cannot work in the type of workplace you’re interviewing for. We’ve helped 1000+ people just like you find success in the hiring process through our career counseling service. Whether you need help on the job search stage, prepping for interviews, or while you’re trying to negotiate your compensation, we’ve got experts who are ready to give you advice and help you strategize your next move.

Oct 24, 2023 7 min read
Article image
Resume Advice
How to Organize Your Resume in 2023? [+ Resume Examples]

Although you have freedom and flexibility when crafting your resume, there are some key sections which you should include. Putting the right sections into your resume can help to present the information in an easy-to-understand format. In addition, you can highlight the most important things, drawing the attention of a hiring manager to those things of which you are most proud. In this article, we will cover: What sections should you include on your resume? A detailed description of each section Plus examples If you’re looking to create an aesthetically pleasing, professional resume, use Enhancv’s resume builder. With built-in grammar checker and distinct customization options, you can create a resume to be proud of. What Sections Should You Include On Your Resume? In any great recipe, you need to follow the steps, include the right ingredients, and combine all the ingredients in order to create a culinary masterpiece. You can’t make an omelette without cracking a few eggs, right? Well, for your resume, you will need to include five key sections, with a couple of additional ones thrown into the pot to create an eye-catching resume. Below you can find the main sections to include on your resume: Contact information Resume summary Work experience Education Skills and qualifications Additional sections If you’re interested in learning more about how to craft a stellar resume, jump over to the How to Write a Great Resume for a Job in 2023 article on our site How to organize a resume Before we dive into each individual section of a resume, support and understand the different resume formats and decide which one you will use for your resume. There are many types of formats which you can use to create your resume, but the important thing is to find the one that suits your needs. Below, you can find the most common resume formats: Reverse chronological order The most common format available, the reverse chronological resume format places an emphasis on your most recent experience by placing your most recent roles at the top of the resume. Working from your most recent experience to your oldest experience allows you to show a full career trajectory to a potential hiring manager. They can see where you started, how you’ve progressed, and even see where you are going in your career. This type of resume is easy to skim and can provide you with an overall career summary. But one of the major drawbacks is that you can easily identify gaps in your resume. It’s also not a great format to use if you are in a creative field or if you are switching between different careers. Functional resume format A functional resume format highlights your skills and abilities over and above your experience. This type of resume may be ideal for those entering the workforce or recent graduates, as you don’t need to have as much experience under your belt to show that you are capable and competent to fill the role. In fact, your technical skills can help to give you an edge when applying for certain positions. One of the major issues with a functional resume format is that it provides your skills in a static manner. If you just list all of your skills at the top of your resume, you are not able to portray your skills using real examples from your career. It’s especially important to quantify all of your skills, using real-world examples from your career to qualify your claims. Hybrid resume format Hybrid resume format allows you to place your skills and experience on equal footing. Using a hybrid format, you could lay out your resume with two equal columns, one with your skills and abilities and the other column with your experience. This format is especially helpful when you are in a creative field or are looking to make a career change. If, for example, you’re moving out of a sales position into a management position, you can place your knowledge of software and leadership skills right next to your most recent sales experience. A hybrid resume format may not be ideal if you are in a senior management position. In a management role, you will probably be assessed mainly by your experience. Contact Information What’s the purpose of the personal information section on a resume? A personal information section can help to provide a hiring manager with all the information they need to contact you. It’s the first section that you would include on your resume. But it’s also an opportunity for you to share important details about yourself. For example, by sharing where you live, you can show how close you lived to the job that you’re applying for. What should you include in your personal information section? Your full name Your email: Include a professional email, not the silly one that you might’ve picked up in your college days. If you don’t already have one, try to apply for an email address that looks something like this: firstname_lastname@gmail.com. You can’t go wrong with a simple email address of just your first and last name. Phone number: Include a personal phone number, either a landline or a cell phone. This would be the best number for a hiring manager to call you back. Location: You might’ve noticed that it doesn’t say “address”. The reason for that is you don’t need to necessarily include your address anymore on your resume. Instead, just include the city that you live and the state or region that you live in. Professional social media accounts: You may choose to include your LinkedIn or Twitter profiles in your resume. Make sure that you include only important social media handles, and those that are appropriate for a potential boss to see. Titles, prefixes, or suffixes: if you’ve earned a title, include that in your name. For example, if you are a doctor, you can include the “Dr.” title before your name. Your portfolio or website: If you work in a creative field, one in which showcasing past projects is key, you can include a link to your portfolio or website on your resume. Resume summary section What’s the purpose of the resume summary or objective section on a resume? Your resume summary is an elevator pitch, a short, succinct description of your career aspirations and the skills that you possess. Your resume summary is the best place to put your career trajectory, where you are now and where you see yourself going. It’s also a good place to include skills and abilities which fit your background. If you are experienced, you can lean on your achievements and skills to better position yourself in your resume objective. But if you’re a recent graduate, you can also list your career aspirations and your college academic performance. Keep in mind that your resume summary should be between 3 to 4 sentences. Always tailor your resume summary to the job that you’re applying for. Example 1: For an experienced applicantExample 2: For recent college graduatesExample 3: For career changersWork experience section The work experience section that you provide in your resume is the key section that recruiters look for. As a result, your work experience section should be arranged in such a way that it’s easy to scan and read. The best way to do this is using a reverse chronological format, which lists your most recent experience first. What’s the purpose of the work experience section on a resume? Your work experience will help to show that you can handle the job that you’re applying for. By listing your most recent experience and the skills and abilities that you’ve cultivated through that job, you can prove that you deserve an interview for the role. What should you include in the work experience section? In your work experience section, you should list the places that you’ve worked, the titles that you’ve occupied at those roles, the years that you’ve worked there, and your main duties. Here are some of the things you should include in your work experience section: Use a reverse chronological order: Start with your most recent experience first. Job title Company name, location, and description Date of employment: It’s important to include both the month and year on your resume because ATS software tracks for it. Achievements and responsibilities: Here's where you can showcase your abilities to a potential hiring manager. Tailor your responsibilities in your previous roles to the expectations for the role in the job description. These can be major keywords used by ATS software. Action words: Use action words to showcase your experience. For example, ‘managed’ falls flat when compared to words like ‘spearheaded’ and ‘initiated’. Tailor your experience at the job description: Use key phrases gathered from the job description in your resume. Quantify your experience: Don’t just say that you helped the sales department, but share that you “raise the quarterly earnings by 33%”. Example of a work experience sectionEducation section Potential hiring managers can be just as interested in your education section as your work experience section. The purpose of an education section is to show your academic background. In addition, if you possess a degree from a prestigious university, this can actually help you land your dream job. Example education section:Resume skills section Your resume skills section can help to highlight unique skills which would otherwise be hidden on your resume. These skills that you list should be quantifiable, with tangible examples from your experience to showcase your abilities. When listing your skills, be sure to list both soft skills, also referred to as people skills, and hard skills, which are technical skills specific to a certain career. In addition, if you’re making a career change, there may be several transferable skills you can list which will apply to the role that you’re applying for. The goal is to list relevant skills which can apply to the role, and exclude anything which may not apply. Examples of quantifiable achievements: Spearheaded a cost-saving initiative: This initiative reduced departmental expense by 25%. Discovered inefficient practices in the budgeting process, and implemented processes to create tighter controls. Improved cash flow: Through a capital management strategy, I helped increase cash flow by 50%. Led a financial restructuring process: This was for one of our largest clients and helped to strengthen our relationship with them. Optional resume sections There are several optional resume sections you can include on your resume. For example, you may wish to include a “day in my life” section, in which you list what a typical day looks like in your role. Some other typical optional resume sections include: Certifications and licenses Hobbies Volunteer experience Awards Peer-reviewed journal articles Freelance work Speaking engagements and conferences Key Takeaways Crafting an eye-catching resume isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Job seekers benefit by crafting a well-organized resume which is geared towards a specific role. In order to do that, you may wish to format your resume using a reverse chronological format, listing your most recent experience first. In addition, whether you’re listing your employment history or relevant coursework, always try to quantify your achievements by including facts, figures, and real-world money. If you’re interested in taking your resume to the next level, check out Enhancv’s resume builder. Our resume builder is perfect for creating an aesthetically pleasing, ATS oriented resume which can catch the attention of any recruiter or hiring manager.

Oct 24, 2023 9 min read
Article image
Resume Advice
How to Show Recruiters You're Willing to Relocate on Your Resume

Pack your suitcases for an emotional rollercoaster. It's time to relocate! Moving to a new city (or even country) can be especially daunting for the next stages of your career. How do you convince employers that in spite of your Virginia “base”, you're quite serious about moving for that New York role? Here's how - with a clear and concise resume that addresses any potential location concerns, while aligning your experience to the job. Ultimately, your resume should play to your advantage, amongst the top picks of local candidates, with the unique value you’d bring to the company. As professionals, who are willing to relocate, bring about a variety of soft skills, like: flexibility and adaptability; organization and planning; forward-thinking and systematic approach. Improve your chances to land your next job away from home (even from abroad) with our guide on writing your relocation resume (and cover letter). What you’ll learn: Honesty is the best card you can play when addressing your relocation plans; Resume sections that could best describe your intentions to move; What address should you include in your relocation resume? How to let recruiters know about your relocation plans? Adding further value to your application with a relocation cover letter. How-to advice on writing your relocation resume and cover letter Relocation is a serious factor that recruiters consider when conducting any search. While their top choices (especially for non-senior roles) are local candidates - it's up to you to convince them otherwise. Your resume and cover letter should thus address: any potential concerns about your relocation; highlight your commitment to the role; and emphasize that you're actively seeking opportunities in the area. Here are four tips on how to include relocation on your resume. Optimize your resume for the job This one goes without saying but study the job advert in detail. Your resume should align role requirements with your expertise and achievements. Map out how you’d meet the company’s and team’s needs with your resume summary, achievements, and experience. Be honest The recruitment process is all about first impressions. Don't kick it off on the wrong foot with a fake address, claims that you're local, or other deceptions. You need to mention your location and intentions to relocate. This needs to be done clearly and specifically for the role you're applying to. Relocation in the top one-third of your resume It's common for your application to be assessed by the Applicant Tracker System (ATS) or the software that assigns points based on job advert criteria. Most ATS may actually disqualify your application if you're not at the role location (if it's specified in the advert). How do you go about mentioning your location in your resume header? We'll get into the specifics in the next part, but, for now, let’s say that it depends entirely on your moving plans. Note your interview availability Use your cover letter to let interviewers know when you'll be in town. Plan at least a week to attend any potential interviews. Otherwise, you could suggest your availability for an initial, over-the-phone interview. Noting your relocation plans in the resume header There are two sections of your header that are ideal for mentioning your relocation plans: the address and headline. Within the next part of this guide, we’ll show you how to mention your moving plans in the top one-third of your resume. Take these three situations into account. 1. If you've already made concrete plans to move Include your current address, followed by the specifics. 2. If your relocation depends on landing the job It’s important to include the location keyword from the job advert in your resume top one-third. 3. If you leave off the relocation specifics from your resume address Include your relocation details in the resume headline - a single sentence, filled with job-specific keywords. The headline could also state your unique value as a professional, alongside your relocation plans, like so: Relocation details in the resume summary Do you want to avoid mentioning your plans within your resume header? The next best section to include your willingness to relocate is your summary - those three to five sentences that showcase your unique value via achievements and skills. You could include your relocation plans either at the beginning of your summary: or, towards the end of it: The relocation cover letter: building your application further Cover letters are the perfect space to explain the nits and bits of your relocation plans. Especially if you've noted on your resume that you'll be moving, recruiters want an explanation why. Be genuine and honest about your relocation reason(s). Perhaps, you're moving to: be closer to your elderly parents; return to your hometown; look for more growth opportunities; due to your spouse's work; enjoy living in a new, specific location. Relevant relocation information includes the time frames of your plans and their permanence. Also, if you have any emotional or more solid ties to the area (e.g. you did your masters there, or you've brought a new home). Here's a basic outline of a relocation cover letter. Introduction - briefly convey your professional interest. Relocation - explain why you're moving and your estimated timeframes. Ties - mention if you've previously worked or studied in the area, or have family there. Relevant experience - showcasing you can adapt to new environments. Key skills and qualifications - revealing why you're the best candidate for the role. Summary - why your expertise aligns with the role and your commitment to relocating. Call to Action (CTA) - "Looking forward to meeting with you" and "Kind regards" Resume experience: from relocation to your unique professional value When describing your experience section, highlight your relocation skills, as they are valued by organizations. Select experience items that hint at your excellence in working abroad. You could have managed international teams, located in different locations, or traveled internationally for work assignments. This experience demonstrates your ability to quickly adapt to new environments. Within the one-line description of the company you worked for, highlight common factors between your past and potential employers. Like, if you've worked for companies: of the same size; in the same industry; offering similar types of services; with identical customer databases.Transferable relocation resume skills Another resume section to shift the focus from your location is the skills one. Create a resume skills section that highlights both relevant and transferrable skills, like your: hard skills - industry-specific, niche technical proficiencies; soft skills - people skills.Other sections for a relocation resume Education - perhaps you completed your higher education within the area you're planning to relocate to. Include all relevant higher education degrees, alongside ones that are "local" - showing you are familiar with the area. Projects - select the ones that are most relevant to the job and highlight your alignment with the job requirements. Also, consider curating projects that have been completed in the location you’re planning to move to or are local to the job you’re applying for. Volunteer - if you've supported communities that are similar to the one you’re planning to relocate to, dedicate a separate resume section to detail your volunteer work. Key takeaways Be honest with recruiters about your relocation plans: remember that the hiring process is all about first impressions. Include your current address, followed by the job location (which you’d be moving to). The resume summary is an excellent place to dive a little deeper into your relocation plans, but make sure the focus stays on your experience and achievements. Get into the details of your relocation plans within the cover letter - use it to provide information that is relevant to your application. Curate other resume sections to share with recruiters if you’ve lived, studied, or have had professional experience in the same location. This would hint that you won’t be starting from square zero when you move for the job.

Oct 24, 2023 6 min read