Each New Year brings in a lot of difficulties for job applicants who have to redo everything in their job application documents because the trends have changed. This can be quite frustrating for people who have followed a certain standard of writing resumes and cover letters for 365 days! But if trends have changed, you have to go along with them whether you like it or not!
So, what do the 2017-2018 resume trends say? A lot, apparently! In these years, resumes are expected to be uncomplicated and short documents. No longer are hiring managers expected to read 5 page accounts of how good you are and what you have accomplished. Face it – time is limited for all of us. And there is a lot that one has to do in limited time. Reading long resumes cannot possibly be a great pastime for employers who want to get things done quickly.
Some resume trends that you will need to follow in 2017-2018 include:
Top 5 Resume Trends for 2017-2018
Trend # 1 – Targeted Resumes Rock – Untargeted Ones Get Lost
The biggest resume trend to hit the job market this year is targeting not just the position, but the audience as well. This means that the resume which you once considered perfect is not nearly as perfect as you thought, if you haven’t targeted it especially to the person reading it. Research both the position and the company before you create your resume.
Trend # 2 – Incorporate White Space
Hiring managers may have been nice enough to look at your resume, which was full of information too close together last year. In 2017 and 2018, lack of white space in a resume is considered resume faux pas. If a hiring manager sees that a resume is difficult to navigate because of lack of white space, you have only yourself to blame if your resume is trashed!
Trend # 3 – Lead with Achievements
Both the resume summary and the accomplishments sections need to highlight your work-related achievements. Strong impressions about what you can do both early in your resume (in the resume summary) and later (in the accomplishments sections) will lead you to employment success.
Trend # 4 – Benefits Rock – Experience is Passé
No, we are not suggesting that you leave the experience part out of your resume. Instead of singing praises for yourself, provide information on what benefits you offer to the company – and not the other way around.
Trend # 5 – Resume Vacuums have seized to Exist
Up until a few years ago, resumes were considered all-encompassing. In recent years (especially now that technology is at an all-time boom), resumes are often compared with an applicant’s online presence. Information that you might have provided in a LinkedIn account for instance, will be checked and compared with what you have written in your resume. Lack of correlation will lead to immediate rejection.