It may seem that as soon as the midnight clock strikes on December 31 of each year, they change the rules of everything – even where resumes are concerned. That may actually be the case. Typically, as soon as a new year descends, employers feel that they need to do something different this year. Hire a better crop of employees is just one of them. So how does that affect candidates? They need to redo all their job application documents!
The resume is probably the most difficult to redo. There is an immense amount of work involved since there are so many different sections that need attention. But let’s not get into redoing the whole resume again. Instead, let’s talk about how we can tweak the resume to meet the demands of the New Year.
Here are some resume tips that you can use so that your resume can come across as the best that an employer will see in 2018!
Resume Format and Layout
You cannot deny that the format and layout of a resume is the most important. Catchy layouts bring results. Customizing your resume format so that your qualifications and experiences are optimized is imperative. Leaving enough white space between sections and lines (sentences) is important if you want your resume to look profound and readable.
Purpose of a Resume
Before you begin writing a resume in the year of 2018, make sure that you understand its purpose. Most job seekers end up writing resumes that do not define a purpose, leaving them to look sparse and uninformative. This year, you can expect a no-nonsense attitude from hiring managers who will probably have even less time on their hands than they did last year.
Short Story Telling Approach
The story telling approach was initially just used in cover letters. These years, be a little adventurous and use it in your resume. This can be effectively used in both the accomplishments and qualifications sections, where you can talk about how good you are.
Relevance matters. Whatever you write in your resume must be relevant to the job description that you have read. Time is becoming a very precous commodity, which is why hiring managers do not bother going through an entire resume if they see that the first few lines are irrelevant. Your job-relevant skills and qualifications must show.
The Top to Bottom Rule
This rule still rocks in 2018 and will continue to do so for ever probably. The most relevant information must come first. This is important to hook the reader to your resume and ensure that his attention is engaged until the end of the resume.