2017 brings new and innovative ways to present your resume. Understanding the current resume trends, and knowing what employers expect to see when they open your application, will help ensure you remain ahead of the competition.
To make sure your resume stands out, take a look at these seven important resume trends…
1. Write Tight
Write concisely. Once you write your resume, challenge yourself to identify words to delete from your content. Taking this step creates white space. It also makes the reader’s eye flow over your resume with ease. Which greatly improves your chances of getting that interview call.
2. Customize for the Audience
Sending a resume to a third party recruiter? Motivate them to want to send you to their client. Sending your resume directly to a hiring manager? Address how you will create results for them. Sending your resume to a corporate recruiter or through an employee referral? Ask yourself, “What is their motivation to take the next step with my resume?”
Every send of your resume must address the needs of the intended audience.
3. Make It Easy to Read
White space, white space, white space… Cramming content in multiple, information-dense, multi-lined paragraphs with little white space around each one is enough to make a reader go, “Next!”
Make it easy for your readers to find information using bullets, sectioned off information blocks and simple graphics to move the eye through the document.
4. Lead with Your Achievements
Put your best foot forward leading with your accomplishments early in the summary and in the employment sections.
Gone are the days where there was a long summary or no summary. In today’s employment marketplace with shrinking attention spans, an executive must lead with a strong first impression. The Summary should contain their crowning, most relevant achievements. This will keep the reader engaged in 5 to 10 second increments and motivate them to keep reading.
5. Speak to Benefits (Not Just Experience)
Want to be hired on merit? Do not lead with education or years of experience.
For example, “Reduced operating expenses by 23% in six months” is much more interesting to an employer versus, “I have five years of sales experience.” The latter elicits a yawn. But the former piques one’s interest. More important, it leaves the person wanting to see where else you’ve made a tangible impact.
6. Align Content Your Online Profiles
An resume does not exist in a vacuum anymore. It’s not the only way someone can find you, nor should it be. Ensuring your resume is in alignment with your branded.me page, LinkedIn profile, twitter account, blog, and other social media pages that are pertinent to your field is paramount. A hiring manager may find your work on your personal blog, but when they reach out to ask for your credentials and you send your resume, you want to make sure your online presence is in alignment with your offline presence.
Consistency is important. Authenticity is everything.
7. Use the Resume Creation Process for Other Documents
Don’t use the resume creation process to only create a resume. Use what you’ve learned to create bios, 1-page networking resumes, infographics, social media bios, etc. The resume might not be used in every situation every time, but the process with which you create your resume will support the creation of traditional and contemporary documents that commonly requested during the hiring process.
A new year brings with it new innovations and expectations. Jump on board with these seven resume trends. While your competition is delivering an old-school resume, you’ll deliver an impactful document that gets results.
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Chameleon Resumes.
About the Author: Lisa Rangel, founder and managing director of Chameleon Resumes, a Forbes Top 100 Career Website. Lisa has helped hundreds land the exact job they want. A former recruiter, she is a 10-time certified resume writer and job search consultant. Lisa is also a paid moderator for LinkedIn’s Job Seeker Premium Group. She has been an Official LinkedIn Blogger since 2012. Lisa is also a featured expert on Fast Company, Investors Business Daily, The BBC and the author of ResumeCheatSheet.com. Follow Lisa on LinkedIn.