With the passage of time, the trends in resume writing are changing too. Using predefined resume templates may be an easy way of writing your resume, but they do not go down very well with employers nowadays. Resume templates are the story of the past; employers prefer that a candidate drafts his or her own resume with a simple format that is logically created and easy to read.
Objective and Professional Summary
Some career specialists agree that getting rid of the objective section in a resume is the right thing to do in these times but there is a purpose that an objective serves. If you have more than five years of experience, we suggest that you do not add objective section. Instead, you should include a professional profile or summary containing a snapshot of your experience, expertise and achievements.
Think about keywords
The use of keywords derived from the advertisement for the position, that you are applying for, is the smartest thing you can do. Employers tend to believe that keywords play an important part because they depict a candidate’s special interest in a position. These keywords may be included in the skills, core competencies or areas of expertise section.
By far we have discussed the trends that conventional employers apply. If you are applying for a job at a creative post, you may need to jazz up your resume somewhat. You can maybe put in a little color – use colored fonts or add a clip art that will make your resume stand out. Since the idea of a resume is to sell yourself for a particular position, you need to do whatever it takes to make yourself saleable. Resumes in this day and age are brand statements and need to be portrayed in a way that makes an impact on the employer. Trending resumes are all very well, there is just one static trend – professionalism!
Do not use the sentence “references available on request” as it is a passé term. Of course you will need to provide references when an employer asks for it – that is such an obvious statement!