It is a known fact that the better your resume is, the more chances you have of getting your desired job. Whether you’re looking for a job in the tech sector or the commerce domain, you’ll need a solid resume, written in line with the latest resume formats 2018, to sway over your recruiters. The competition is tough. There is a good chance that there’ll be job seekers who’ll have the same level of accomplishments (probably even more) than you do. In that case, how well you present your accomplishments in the resume makes a world of a difference.
Even if you’re looking to change your careers, you’d need a stellar resume. From the last time you wrote your resume till now, a lot has changed. The rules of the resume game keep changing, and you have to do all it takes to get that one dream job you’re looking for.
In this article, I will list out some of the resume trends that you should follow in 2018.
Top Resume Trends 2018
Note that there is never a drastic change in the resume trends year-to-year. However, the subtle differences matter a lot. These subtle differences culminate together to make that huge difference in the crafting of a resume.
Use The First-Person Tone
A few years back, writing your resume in the first-person voice was considered a serious blunder. It showed that you lacked professionalism. The landscape has somewhat changed in the recent times. Now, recruiters look for candidates online. Whether it is LinkedIn or Twitter, the way you present yourself in the social media platforms make a lot of difference to the recruiters who are hiring you.
Through these platforms, the recruiter gets to see the “real” you. Everything from your tastes and preferences, to the informal accomplishments, are looked into when a recruiter is seriously considering you. This means that the landscape has become more flexible and informal than it used to be.
This is the reason why I recommend using a first-person tone(that is, addressing yourself as “I” instead of “s/he”) in your resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Use your own authentic voice in the resumes and follow it up by being authentic in the interview room.
Include All Your Relevant Social Media Links On Your Resume
As mentioned earlier, Social Media is the hunting ground for almost 70% of the recruiters, and the number is only going to increase in the coming months. This means that you should include all your relevant social media links on the resume. Since your employers are anyway going to look you up online, why not hand it over to them?
You can include any of your social media profiles as long as it is relevant. LinkedIn is an obvious choice, but, for instance, if you’re applying for the job of a video producer, it will help you if you can include a link to your YouTube profile as well, showcasing some of your previous works.
However, this also means that you have to maintain your social media image in sync with your professional image. Like I said earlier, the lines between formal and informal are blurring, and you can no longer mess around on Facebook while keeping your LinkedIn profile virginally clean.
Showcase Your Tech Knowledge
The technology around you is growing rapidly. There are apps to do almost everything these days. This means that your desirable career domain also must have its own specific tech applications. Even if you are not applying for a job in the tech domain, you’d still need to know at least the basics of technology for the job you’re applying to. Research and find out what are the software and applications that you need for your particular job. Gain a basic understanding of those technologies and include them in your resume. You will have an instant edge over someone who doesn’t know anything about those technologies.
Ditch Objective/Summary Routine
The whole Objective/Summary routine is now done and dusted. Your recruiter already knows what your objective could be for joining the company. It adds no value to your resume. A waste of precious space. Now, the only thing your recruiter cares about is how accomplished or experienced you are for the job.
However, in a special case, if you are making a career change from one industry to another, you may want to include your objective for leaving your previous job and joining the new one. In this case, your recruiter would want to know why you’re making a jump from one industry to another.
Create Customized Resumes
If there is one thing that will really piss off the recruiters in 2018, it would be a cliche, template-format resume. No one wants to see the same thing over and over again. The same design, same structure, same colors, same headings, and subheadings. Do you realize how boring it can be for recruiters?
In that case, if you can offer a customized and catered resume for a particular industry, it’ll jump right off the table. The recruiters will pounce on it. Anything that separates you from the rest of resume building is great. And customizing your resume goes a long way in creating a good first impression.
Use A Storytelling Tone
Earlier, resumes were all about facts. Everything else was left for the interview table. It is not the case anymore. Everything from your LinkedIn bio to your Resume should be written in the form of a narrative. The facts-rich, toneless resume has become boring. However, it does not mean that you omit the important facts for the sake of the story. You just have to present your facts in a way that they come together like a narrative.
Select Your Font Carefully
There was a time when Arial and Times Roman were the cornerstones of text fonts. In the digital world, however, things have changed. A good font — in a resume is one that can be easily skimmed through. And for that purpose, Calibri, Bree Serif or Georgia is a good alternative. Since your resume will be circulated more in the digital format, you should select a font that is readable in the digital medium.
Make Your Resume Outstanding with These Resume Tips 2018
Following these simple trends will ensure that you at least craft a decent, up-to-date resume. You’d have a better chance of getting selected for the interview than the person who’s still writing his resume using the outdated bag of tricks. However, how you present your accomplishments and experiences is up to your resume writing abilities.
This is a guest post written by Adela Belin, a private educator and a writer at Writers Per Hour. She shares her teaching experience with colleagues, students, and writers. Feel free to contact Adela on G+.