Did you know that 2017 was a bumper year for job growth and that 2018 looks to be even better? Not to mention, workers can anticipate larger paychecks and more opportunities across the majority of occupations.
That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that favorable economic conditions don’t necessarily make it feel any easier to actually land the job you want.
What will simplify the hunt for that next great gig, however, is having a strong resume that drives home your unique value and grabs the attention of time-pressed hiring leaders.
To set you off on the right path, we consulted with senior recruiters, certified career counselors, and talent acquisition specialists to get their resume writing tips and to get the lowdown on what you need to know to write a standout resume for 2018.
8 Critical Resume Writing Tips for 2018
Resume Writing Tip #8: Choose a Format that’s Readable and Scannable
To put it simply, your resume just needs to read well. And what I mean by that is that it should be formatted appropriately. Really, there’s no silver bullet to this – it doesn’t need to be fancy; I just need to be able to see what section I’m looking at.
So use stylings, like bullet points, bolding, and underlining, to separate sections and what not. I think people get a little too fancy sometimes, which isn’t really necessary.
A lot of jobseekers also get carried away with over-the-top visuals. It doesn’t matter to me. It’s all about content. I need to be able to read it really fast and figure out what’s in it for me.
And I need to feel captivated enough to deep dive and go to a LinkedIn profile or another social profile. To that point, have knowledge about what you’re sharing online. We’re [recruiters] finding everything, and if you’re not presenting yourself the way you want to be seen professionally, it could be a red flag.