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Nine Executive Resume Trends for 2017
While, in some cases, the 2016 trends are still very prevalent and still need to be incorporated into designing and writing a new executive resume document, 2017 brings new and innovative ways to present resumes, as well as new tactics to utilize the information captured during the resume-building process.
In addition to an eye-catching design layout, achievement-driven bullets, and strong word choice to define your brand, there are nine executive resume trends for 2017 to watch and use to your advantage. They include the following:
1. Make the Most of Your Prime Resume Real Estate. To be clear, the top third of your resume is prime resume real estate. Create a robust summary to capture the hiring manager’s eye.
2. Write Tightly. Once you write your resume, challenge yourself to identify words to delete from your content and delete as needed. Write concisely.
3. Customize for the Audience, Not Only the Position. Sending a resume to a third-party recruiter, you need to motivate them to want to send you to their client. Whereas, when sending your resume directly to a hiring manager, you need to address how you’ll create results for them and make their life more productive by hiring you. Factor this perspective into your thinking when sending your resume to a corporate recruiter or through an employee referral.
4. Make It Easy for Readers to Digest Your Information. Cramming content in multiple, information-dense, multilined paragraphs with little white space around each one is enough to make a reader say, “Next!” Make it easy for your readers to find information using bullets, sectioned-off information blocks and simple graphics to move the eye through the document.
5. Lead with Your Achievements Early. Put your best foot forward, leading with your accomplishments early in the summary and in the employment sections.
6. Treat Your Resume as Your Personal Marketing Collateral. Just as you would have a business card or your biography on a company web page, your executive resume is an extension of your personal brand, so create it accordingly.
7. Speak to Benefits, Not Just Your Experience. Don’t lead with years of experience if you want to be hired on merit. For example, “I’ve reduced operating expenses by 23 percent in six months” is much more interesting to an employer versus, “I have 30 years of sales experience.”
8. Align Content on Your Online and Mobile Profiles. Ensuring your resume is in alignment with your brand.me page, LinkedIn profile, Twitter account, blog and other social media pages that are pertinent to your field is paramount.
9. Use the Resume Creation Process for Other Documents. Don’t use the resume-creation process to only create a resume. Use these accomplishment-gathering techniques and personal-branding-development exercises to create executive bios, one-page networking resumes, infographics, social media bios, etc.
– Lisa Rangel
About the Author: Lisa Rangel is an executive resume writer and official LinkedIn moderator at ChameleonResumes.com, a Forbes Top 100 Career Website. She was recently named one of the top 28 resume writers in 2016 by Career Toolkit. She’s been featured on BBC, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes.com, Fox News, Yahoo Finance, U.S. News and World Report. She’s also the creator of ResumeCheatSheet.com.
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