Top 8 Resume Trends for 2016
Each year the job search process shifts slightly, particularly with resumes. Here are the Top 8 Resume Trends in 2016.
1. Contact Information
Is your name visible on the resume? Does it really stand out? The generally accepted font for a resume is 10 to 12, but your name should be larger. Address and email should be included, a professional email, and your cell phone number. There is no need to include your home number. You should also include your LinkedIn profile. But only after you personalize it!
2. Relevant Information
Your past professional experience is just that, in the past. Expanding on that experience, and formatting it in a way that explains how you can do it for the new company is what sets you apart from other applicants. Make sure to focus on relevant experience, that is positions and skills that are relevant to the specific job you are targeting.
3. Objective Statements
Objectives are a thing of the past. Each person who reads your resume already knows the job you are interested in and the company you want to work for, so there is no point in wasting space stating it again. Focus on your Executive Summary instead.
4. Key Qualifications
A strong list of relevant and exciting skills, certifications, and qualifications at the beginning of your resume is an attention grabber. Formatted with bullets and in columns is a great way to make those one to two word phrases stand out. Suggestions include security clearances, foreign languages, computer programs, etc.
When discussing your experience, be sure to include results. Employers want to know more than what you did, they want to know what happened when you did it. For example: Instructed a five-week class of 12 people using a predetermined curriculum. What does this tell you? What doesn’t it tell you? It doesn’t tell you what kind of instructor the person is or how well the students did. Try this one instead: Instructed a five-week class of 12 people using a predetermined curriculum with a 95% pass rate. Much more information. From that statement an employer can infer that you are a good instructor.
Numbers speak for themselves. In every area of expertise, numbers can add more power to your words. Some good resume sections can be made very strong simply by adding numbers. A good way to get started is to include these two areas: the number of people you supervised and the amount of money you are responsible for. The dollar amount can include money in an account or the net worth of equipment you are in charge of.
The format of your resume will play a huge role in how it is received by employers. Most companies still appreciate traditional, conservative resumes formats. Depending on the industry that you are working in, highly creative resumes can be encouraged. Graphics, charts, images, and photos can enhance your resume. Particularly in creative fields like marketing and advertising, employers are looking for you to prove you are creative and can utilize programs that you have listed on your resume.
Once you do all the work to make your resume professional and format it in a way it stands out, the next step is to send it in a way that is reflective of your hard work. Most companies request that you upload or email the resume to them. The best way to do this is to send or upload as a .pdf instead of a word document. This guarantees that your resume appears the way you want it to. It also solves the problem of different operating systems.
Remember, the resume does not get you a job, but it will certainly cost you one. Keep in mind industry standards and, at all times, remain professional.