More than 200 career coaches, counselors and résumé-writers recently met to define best practices and trends for 2011 and beyond. Here are some of their most critical tips for job-seekers: Your résumé n Today's résumé is lean and clean. Eliminate every unnecessary word and piece of information.
-Testimonials lend credibility. Copy one or two brief excerpts from your best evaluations, and make your résumé a standout.
-Graphics add power. Tastefully done, an icon, certification logo, shaded box or other visual adds depth and distinction.
-Write it to read it on a smart phone. Write short paragraphs, keep your bullets to one line, and add white space for readability. Job search n If you're not on LinkedIn, you don't exist.
-Contract, temporary and interim opportunities are soaring. 1099s are at the forefront, while W-2s are fading away.
-Vocational and skilled-trade jobs are in high demand. Openings abound for electricians, plumbers, welders, mechanics and related jobs. Not every great career requires a degree.
-Snail mail makes a comeback. As others upload their résumés, mail yours directly to a hiring manager and see what happens. To read all of the findings, visit www.careerthoughtleaders.com/whitepaper.
Wendy Enelow is co-author of "Expert Résumés for Military-to-Civilian Transitions" and "Executive Résumé Toolkit." http://www.wendyenelow.com