Each new year brings in a lot of difficulties for job applicants who have to rewrite their job application documents because the resume trends have been changed.
This can be quite frustrating for people who have followed a certain standard of writing resumes and cover letters.
But if trends have changed, you have to go along with them whether you like it or not!
So, what do the 2019 resume writing trends say?
A lot, apparently!
In 2019, resumes are expected to be plain and short documents. That is to say, hiring managers do not want to read 5 pages of your career history. Time is money for all of us.
Top 5 Resume Trends for 2019
Trend 1: Make it Targeted
The most important resume trend 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 accurate 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: Leave White Space
Hiring managers may have been kind enough to look at your resume, which was full of information making it messy.
In 2019, the lack of white space in a resume is considered a mistake.
If a hiring manager sees that a resume is difficult to navigate because of the 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.