The year 2017 is the year in which competition for available positions is about to hit an all-time high! And to make sure that you are ready to face this challenge, it is important that you live up to the demands of employers who will now have a more refined taste where resumes are concerned. What does this mean exactly? This means that the resume which you used to woo employers previously is no longer valid – unfortunately!
But all is definitely not lost. There is so much that you can do to make sure that your resume is as good (even better) than the one another contender for the same job is presenting. In order to write a good resume and a successful job hunt in 2017, you should keep in mind that every employer needs to hire proactive and dynamic employees who have the ability to increase company’s revenue.
In 2017, your pool of knowledge must be updated regarding the latest resume writing trends. A conventional and old fashioned resume reflects a dull personality while a resume build on modern trends stands for a dynamic applicant.
The job marketplace evolves constantly, therefore, the ideal resume has transformed into something significantly different. If we see a decade back, resumes were long and unstructured. Today, resumes have evolved as a single page document that contains useful information about a candidates’ profile, skills, competencies and relevant experiences.
We have a few tips here that will make it easy for you to contend with what this year has to offer. Let’s see how much information you can use out of the following.
Professional Looking Resumes Always Stand a Chance
Unless you are a designer who is anticipating a job based on how aesthetically pleasing your resume is, ditch the design! Resumes are meant to be simple and easy to read – incorporating designs into them will make them difficult to navigate. Use plain fonts and make sure that there is sufficient white space to make it easy for the hiring manager to read your resume.
Too Much Information is a Resume Killer
While you may have a dozen accomplishments to add to your name, do not put them all in. Do not mention your hobbies and interests – the hiring manager is not interested in them! They will want to know the gist of what your professional standing is. Too much information will kill the essence of your resume. Stick to concise and latest information regarding your experience, skills, qualifications, accomplishments and education.
Show Off a Little
Having established that too much information does more harm than good, it is still important to include information in your resume which suggests that you are an accomplished individual. Work-related accomplishments that you are sure will prove to be useful information for the employer, must be included in your resume. Let the employer know what you can do as opposed to just what your job responsibilities were.
Skip Zombie Words and Include Ones that Hiring Managers can relate to
What are zombie words? Well, these are words and phrases that you would expect every Tom, Dick, Harry, Jane, Sarah and Olivia to write in their resumes! Instead of using well-organized and professional, use words that matter to hiring managers. These would include improved, mentored, created and managed.
Format and Layout
Employers in 2017 like resumes with appealing layouts and simple formats. Therefore customize your resume format to optimize your qualifications and experience. Do not use generic resume templates at any cost.
Always understand the purpose of your resume before writing i.e. to land an interview. If you keep this in mind, you will certainly write a perfect resume.
Vivid and Short Story Telling Approach
The trend of stating accomplishments objectively is rapidly vanishing. This style is too common to stand out. Employers now prefer to read accomplishments written like very brief stories.
For example the statement ‘Enhanced revenues 30% through effective business relationships building’ must be replaced by “‘Implemented effective business relation building strategies effectively and revitalized the company’s clientele which resulted in 30% enhancement in revenue’.
Since time is a precious commodity, importance of relevance in resumes is enhancing. The moment prospective employer sees any irrelevant information in your resume, they are sure to lose interest. Therefore, you should ensure to provide selective information.
Top to Bottom Rule
The classic top to bottom rule is still effective in the resume writing market in 2017. The most relevant and best points must be stated at the top of each section to entice the reader at the very beginning.
Bullets and Heading
Usage of bullets is very common. To set your resume apart in the competitive job market of 2017, add bullet statements in skills, competencies and experience sections.
Add Some Color
Conventionally, resumes are black and white and continue to be so till date. However highlighting some key terms or core competencies by using some colored font can also help in setting your resume apart.
Optimize your resumes for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). This can be done by using your industry specific keywords in the competencies and achievements section of your resume.
• Open your resume with a professional summary or profile. Entry level candidates and career changers can use an employer-centered and customized objective statement. Give prospective employer a good reason to read your resume till end.
• Never use pronouns such as “I” and “me” in your resume as they portray self indulgence and you do not want to be perceived as a selfish individual.
• Try to restrict your resume to a maximum of 1 – 2 pages as employers do not have time to read lengthy resumes.
• Make a separate “key achievements” section or sub-section to highlight your accomplishments in a better way.
• Mention your hobbies or interests only if they are specifically required by employer.
• Do not lie about anything in your resume as you might be trapped in or after interview. Keep your resume as truthful as possible even if it does not look too impressive.
• Be sure to spell check your resume several times before making a final version. A small error in spellings or grammar can make an employer think that you are lazy.
• Add descriptions of any projects that you were done in the past.
• Customize your resume as per job description as much as possible but avoid using fuzzy keywords or phrases.
• Do not bother inserting a photograph – it does not matter if you are good looking or not. If you have skills and talents do a job, lack of a photograph will pose no threat to your candidacy.