Resumes automatically scream “This is where I graduated”; “This is what I can do for you”; “These are my achievements”; and all things that can boost your self-confidence (at least temporarily). Though we sometimes feel the need to flaunt all of it as a way to woo employers and our dream company, bringing it all out there can also be our own waterloo.
For starters, resumes evolve. As a premise to the ever-growing world of technology, even resumes change over time. From the usual two to three pages, one-page resumes are more appealing to employers and recruiters today. Besides, numerous pages are considered as curriculum vitae (which is another story).
So how should a resume look like in the booming and innovative year of 2017?
- Single page
As mentioned above, a one-page resume is the most appealing format in 2017. Given that you are just one of the hundreds of people vying for one position, resumes are just in for a quick glance. In that single page, the following should be present: full name, summary, photo, contact details, work experience, skills and competencies, achievements and certificates, languages, interests, and education.
At least ten categories might clamp a single page, but wait until the end of this article to see how all of these would fit.
While design matters, flowers, rainbows, and emojis do not quite fit in this arena. Creating a resume means another type of design. Balance is key – a smooth, clear, sleek design is what will make your resume standout. Pop it with ONE color, preferably on the titles, that will “spice things up.”
Also, choose san serif fonts over the outdated serif fonts (Times New Roman, Georgia, etc.) to modernize your brand.
- Top is highlighted
Employers will more likely focus on the top part of your resume. Make sure the top part will house your contact details, most recent photo, full name, most recent work experience, and most relevant skill.
Avoid using Yahoo and Hotmail email addresses. LinkedIn profiles and a Gmail address are more preferred by recruiters.
- Dependent on the position/company
Don’t ever submit the same resume to different companies. It is important to keep in mind that you have to pattern your resume according to the position you are applying for. Emphasize your skills and experiences (indicate them on the first part of each subheading) that you think will be useful in the type of job you are applying for.
- Promotes your brand
Get rid of that objective part and opt for a summary instead. However, remember to pattern your summary section to that of your LinkedIn page. This way, recruiters will see consistency in the professional brand you are trying to sell them. Promoting your brand means not demanding for things a company can do for you. Instead, sell what you, as an aspiring professional, can do for them.
To visualize all these, here are samples of what a resume should look like in 2017.
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