Most people struggle in such situations as they are not prepared for such serendipitous chances. The only thing you could come up with will be to send an old resume and spoil all the initial impression you could make to a recruiter. Hence it is necessary to keep up with the changing trends in resume writing.


Here is a breakdown of the 5 resume trends that are important for a job search today, and will continue to play a big role throughout 2016:


Present Immediate Value

Every resume should answer the questions of a recruiter. This is possible only when you have a customized resume which answers all the job requirements as in the job description. Your resume should cover off your value proposition, core competencies, skill sets, major achievements tailored in appropriate way for each job position you apply. Ensure that you meet the requirements expected by the reader by including keywords and competencies that are relevant.

Such important information should be presented in the top half of your opening page, preferably within top 1/3 of the first page. This help to capture the attention of the recruiter.

Marry Content and Design

Content, design and format of the resume should be optimized based on the needs. It is recommended to have different versions of your resume, a printed resume designed for the human eye and an online one which is computer and software friendly, a PDF version for emails etc. For example, a resume with lot of visual elements is good for the human eye but will drastically fail in front of the resume screening software as it reads only the text.

By employing unique formats, layouts, colour, charts, graphs, fonts, and graphics, you could create a visually stimulating resume. However the point is to keep the designs minimal so that your content does not get subdued by the visual elements. Again keep in mind that designer resumes are for human eyes and may not always be compliant with ATS.

Personal Branding

Your personal branding is done through the content and it explains your “why buy ROI”. Your resume should explain why you should be hired and what the ROI for the organisation is. It should also extend to your online profiles such as LinkedIn where you showcase your works,