2017 Resume Trends: Dare to be Different

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to land your dream job this year, the first step is to update your resume.  An impressive CV, in keeping with 2017 resume trends can open doors to exciting job positions, or at least make a great first impression. You need to make sure to get the attention of headhunters right away – according to a recent study by The Ladders shows recruiters spent about 6 seconds on their initial “fit/no fit” decision.

Not only should you present your resume in a concise, straightforward way, we recommend you put yourself in the recruiter’s shoes and think about what they need to know about you. Last but not least, make your resume easy to read, both on the screen and on paper.

5 2017 Resume Trends to Stand Out From the Crowd

Showcase your best self by following the top 2017 resume trends to get your CV to the top of the pile. 

  1. Keep Your Resume to One Page

Summarize your experience and skills without omitting any relevant information. Try using frames or geometrical shapes for emphasis. There’s no need for long explanations – just the essentials. But be careful not to squeeze too many words onto one page. If you have been in an industry for more than 10 years, you can consider a two-page resume.

2017 resume trends
Project by Gershom Charig shared on dribble.com

 

  1. Show Your Creativity

There is no “one best way” to create a CV, so, think outside the traditional resume box. If you are a graphic designer, copywriter, artist, musician, wedding planner or any creative professional, you’re more than allowed to break the mold. Being creative not only is key to stand out from the competition, it also gives you a plus if you’re pursuing a job with an innovative company. Bonus tip: some creatives use their resume to showcase their talents.

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Project by Amber Van Mieghem shared on Behance.net

 

  1. Link to Your Social Media Profiles  

Apart from showing your prospective employer your portfolio and blog, it has become increasingly important to add the links to your LinkedIn profile, Twitter account, Instagram (for photographers) and even a professional Facebook page. Social networks provide a complete picture of the candidate’s personality.

Employers can take a look at your online presence, recommendations from current managers, personal branding management, the content you share, and more. Including social media links on your resume can increase the odds of being considered in the hiring process.

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Project by Kyle Robertson shared on Behance.net

 

  1. Present Your CV in an Organized Manner

Resumes don’t always have to be read from left to right, top to bottom. You can use a myriad of structures to organize your CV and make it easier to navigate. For example, you can give the standard CV a twist by creating a timeline, infographic, social media profile, hand-drawn layout, or a one-of-a-kind design – just make good use of space and include bullets or numbers to break down a dense block of text.

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Project by Krysten Newby shared on Behance.net

 

  1. Select The Right Typeface

It seems like a no-brainer, but you won’t believe how many professionals choose too fancy, too small, or too many fonts. To start, pick a font that works well in small sizes. Forget about colorful fonts, that trend is gone. Since black fonts are the easiest to read, choose a black font you identify with.

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Project by Anton Yermolov shared on Behance.net

 

Use Creativity as Your Secret Weapon

Get inspired from the resume tips and designs presented above. No matter what style or format you choose, here’re a few last things to consider before sending your CV off to prospective employers:

  •    Keep it Visually Appealing
  •    Have a Logical Structure
  •    Updated and Accurate Information
  •    No Spelling/Grammar errors
  •    Send Resume as a PDF
  •    Be yourself

In fact, here’s our own take on 2017 resume trends:

2017 resume trends

 

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Emma Davis

Emma Davis

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