In today’s competitive job market, hiring managers are likely to decide with only a glance whether or not your resume is worth a closer look. But, your resume may not be seen by a human at all during the first round pick. If you want to get noticed and ensure that your resume is ready for a 2016 job search, it may be time for an update. A job seeker should follow these tips to ensure that their resume pops in 2016.
Do Not Underestimate the Value of Color
It may sound simple, but punching up your resume with a little color can help it to stand out. One word of caution, however: don’t over do it. If you are applying for a job as an attorney, you may not want to go quite as bold as, say, an illustrator. Also, consider ditching the Times New Roman font in favor of something a little more modern like Georgia or Calibri.
Make Your Resume “Skimmable”
Because hiring managers are only skimming most resumes, you want to make sure the most important and most impressive things stand out. Don’t be afraid to use bold print to make sure the important things stand out.
Talk Like a Bot
These days, many companies use software to filter through resume submissions. If a job seeker wants to make to get past the bots, look at the job posting and try to use the same language. Simple adjustments like switching from “human resources,” to “employee relations” can ensure that your resume makes it on to human decision makers.
One Touch Contact Information
Once upon a time resumes were printed on paper. It’s hard to believe, I know. Today, they are submitted electronically. Forget putting a physical address beyond city and state. Its unnecessary. Instead, a job seeker should make sure to have hyperlinks to email, LinkedIn profile, and anything else that may be pertinent.
A “Professional Summary” is a Better Choice Than an “Objective”
Hiring managers do not require an objective. They want to decide the best fit for the job based on skills and experience. A better choice would be, in a header, to create a brief paragraph about experience, job history and professional achievements.
Making a few simple updates to your resume can be the difference between shining in 2016 and being left behind