8 Things Your Resume Needs to be Attractive in 2017

By Paul Keijzer

If you’re looking to land yourself in a new, exciting and challenging role for 2018 then it’s a good time to start looking now. Since we’ve passed the mid-year, you better get cracking on that goal now so that before 2017 ends you’ve given yourself ample time to start at a new company and get comfortable with their environment. However, before you start circulating your resume all over the place, are you certain your resume is still relevant and attractive in 2017?

While your resume may be loaded with quality experience and skills that flash you as a great talent, yours won’t be the only one out there in the talent pool. Believe me, you’re up against some stiff competition. If you’re seriously looking to land yourself in a new job this year you’ll make the effort to have your resume stand out from the crowd. To do that you’ll need to work on your current resume and present it in a manner that’s attractive in 2017 for just about any recruiter or organization. Here are 8 tips that can help you achieve this.

1. Use the Top Wisely

The top one-third of your resume is the most eye catching portion. It’s what gets noticed first and the most. And you only have three seconds of your audience’s attention to make it count. That’s why the top of your resume should be the biggest attention grabber of all. It should speak volumes of who you are, what you’ve achieved and what you’re capable of. Though your first instinct would be to cram in as much of that useful information, the trick is to be just the opposite. Your content should be concise and crisp.

2. Scrap the Objectives for a Stellar Summary

Still hanging on to the “objectives” section that you wrote at the start of your career? Well scrap it! Your future employer isn’t interested in how they can progress your career. It’s about what you can do for them. And that’s best said in a summary of your achievements, attributes and what makes you a valuable talent. Think about your LinkedIn summary and replicate that into your resume. In essence, what you’re aiming for is to sell your brand.

3. Numbers Speak More than Subjective Jargon

When you’re elaborating on your work experience, avoid listing out titles, responsibilities and mundane (if not monotonous) descriptions of everything you did for your past employers. Leave the elaborate and detailed explanations of your past experience for the interview. Your resume should be showcasing relevant facts and figures. If you really want to stand out as a “catch talent” flaunt your achievements with numbers. List out the unique contributions you made with your previous employers and what the resulting impact was. Numbers are easier to read and understand and they’ll prove you did much more than what the job description expected of you.

4. Flaunt Your Skills

To really get your resume noticed have a section on the top where you can boast about your skill sets. Your skills give you Go to the full article.

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