Although a successful resume still requires effective content, organization, and presentation, technology platforms such as job boards, career and recruiting sites, social media, and applicant tracking systems (ATS) have had a substantial impact on resume writing and job searches.
A winning resume must be readable, well-ordered, and error-free while concisely highlighting your aptitudes and concrete measures of success; however, cultural fit, soft skills, keyword alignment, transferable talents, and cross-functionality must not be overlooked to position you as the perfect candidate in the 21st century: an adept, solutions-driven leader and collaborator with vision, innovation, staying power, and a plethora of potential.
Today’s job search arena is competitive…
- The average job post receives 250 resumes (Glassdoor)
- Only 2% of job applicants are usually granted an interview (Glassdoor)
- Getting a job offer can take 5 to 6 weeks (MRINetwork)
- Under 15% of hires are made through job boards (Jobvite)
- Almost 40% of hires are made through employee referral programs (Jobvite)
And technology is a huge factor in the process…
- 75% of hiring and talent managers use recruiting and/or applicant tracking software (Capterra)
- 47% of human resources software is over 7 years old (Bersin by Deloitte)
But there are jobs to be had…
- 63% of job openings represent new positions (MRINetwork)
- U.S. hiring volume was expected to increase 58% in 2017 (LinkedIn)
- 6 million executive leaders were expected to retire in 2017 (MRINetwork)
- 85% of small businesses looking to fill open positions found no applicants (NFIB)
(statistics from EBI, https://www.ebiinc.com/resources/blog/hiring-statistics)
So, how can you ignite your resume to proactively capture career victory in 2018? The following pointers will help your resume meet the stiff demands of computer scans and the most discerning hiring professionals.
Resume Strategies for 2018
- Align with the job post: Make sure you highlight accomplishments and deliverables that are relevant to the job post, clearly showing how you would successfully impact the company.
- Illustrate with numbers and results: Illustrate your achievements and get them noticed by using exact quantities, metrics, and percentages; put this information at the beginning of each bullet so it stands out.
- Avoid overdoing jargon and acronyms: Recruiters and human resources professionals may not be experts in the industry at hand, so also spell out field-specific acronyms and ensure that industry-specific terms have transferable meaning. Include some to hit critical keywords while extending universal meaning so your resume isn’t unintelligible to a third party reading it first.
- Include keywords: Keywords are important to have in the top-third of the resume, whether it’s scanned by software or the human eye. Impress early on so that the rest of your resume is read.
- Consider technology: Save and send your resume in the format requested by the recruiter or hiring manager to ensure it opens properly; for example, some will request a Word document (saved in Word 97-2003, “.doc”), and others will require a PDF format (a locked document). Applicant tracking systems (ATS) usually prefer a Word 97-2003 document. Many companies have ATS software that could use an update, and they may not be able to scan images.
All About Writing is here to help with your resume writing needs. In addition, we also extend related services such as resume updates, cover letters, post-interview thank-you letters, references lists, bios, CVs, and LinkedIn profiles. We assist with every phase of the process, from assessing your strengths and brainstorming strategies through to writing, revising, streamlining, and proofreading content.
Our in-person consultations and commitment to clear, on-going communication are extremely beneficial in developing effective content aimed at achieving each client’s goals.
All About Writing also partners with Self-Empowerment Coaching. LLC, to offer our clients expert career coaching, whether you are searching for a new career, a promotion, or clarity on what your next professional endeavor might be. For more information on our resume-career coaching package, visit https://allaboutwritingconsulting.com/resumes-career-coaching-package/
For additional information on resumes, check out All About Writing’s other resume-related blogs, including…
- “Job Searching Strategies for Success” (https://allaboutwritingconsulting.com/2017/07/job-searching-strategies-for-success/)
- “Resumes, Hiring, and Cultural Fit” (https://allaboutwritingconsulting.com/2017/03/resumes-hiring-cultural-fit/)
- “Student and Recent Graduate Resume Strategies” (https://allaboutwritingconsulting.com/2017/05/student-and-recent-graduate-resume-strategies/)
- “Resume Success in 2017” (https://allaboutwritingconsulting.com/2017/01/resume-success-in-2017/)
- “Resume Content: Less Is More” (http://allaboutwritingconsulting.com/2016/06/resume-content-less-is-more/)
- “Why Should I Keep a Current Resume?” (http://allaboutwritingconsulting.com/2015/01/why-should-i-keep-a-current-resume-3/)
- “Top Five Resume Mistakes to Avoid” (http://allaboutwritingconsulting.com/2014/07/top-five-resume-mistakes-to-avoid/)
- “Choose the Most Effective Resume Format: Chronological, Functional, or Combined” (http://allaboutwritingconsulting.com/2013/11/choosing-the-most-effective-resume-format-chronological-functional-or-combined/).
Learn more about All About Writing and owner Christa Riddle at www.allaboutwritingconsulting.com. Remember, with All About Writing, writing help is just a call or click away! Call us today to schedule your free consultation and get your project underway. We are here to assist with any phase of the project.
-by Christa Riddle