Update your job search

Just like fashion, trends in the job market are always changing. A resume or interview that would have impressed an employer 10 years ago may look outdated today.

Knowing the current trends becomes even more important during a recession, when a larger pool of candidates competes for a single job, experts say.

New Hampshire unemployment numbers continue to rise each month, meaning more and more Granite-staters are searching for work.

State data released Monday shows the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed to 5.3 percent in February, a slight increase over January but well above the 3.7 percent rate recorded in February 2008.

For those who are looking for a job or know someone who is, here’s a look at what’s ‘in’ and ‘out’ right now in the world of job hunting, according to staffing service The Creative Group: Out: Overly detailed resumes

In: Streamlined resumes that list relevant accomplishments

Out: An “objective” on resumes

In: A “summary of qualifications” that highlights applicable skills

Out: Blanketing local employers with your resume and generic cover letters addressed “To whom it may concern”

In: Researching prospective employers and applying to companies where your skills and interests match their needs

Out: Stilted language in application materials (e.g. Please find my resume attached in response to the job posting…”)

In: More natural prose that provides a sense of your personality (e.g. “When I learned about the position I was excited by the…”)

Out: Canned responses to interview questions (e.g., “My weakness is that I work too hard…”)

In: Authentic responses that provide insight into your thought process and how you can contribute to the company

Out: A set reference list

In: A customized reference list for each job opportunity

Out: General elevator pitches

In: Pitching your contacts so they’ll provide you with recommendations on LinkedIn

Out: Networking occasionally

In: Networking constantly using tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, as well as in person

Out: Using unusual resume formats to hide gaps in unemployment

In: Filling in gaps with volunteer or freelance work

Out: A narrow focus in your job search

In: A broad view of how your skills might be useful in various rolls

Out: Ending the interview by asking when they’ll be contacting you

In: Ending the interview by asking for the job on a trial basis

Out: Post-interview thank you notes that tell the interviewer how much you want the job

In: Post-interview thank you notes that provide more insight into why you are the best person for the job