10 Trends That Will Help Your Resume Stand Out  

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In today’s highly competitive job market, it can be difficult to make your resume stand out, or even be looked at.   

Here are 10 resume trends to consider when crafting your own, according to FinancesOnline.com:

1. Field-Specific  

In order to prove that you’re qualified, make sure you tailor your resume to the specific field.  

2. Short & Sweet  

Despite having a wealth of experience, going an extra page on your resume can set you back.  

3. Social Media  

Prospective employers will be scanning your online presence, so keep your Twitter professional.  

4. Tech Skills  

Keeping up to date on new technology used in the workplace demonstrates adaptability. 

5. Dynamic Words  

Action verbs show off your skills and stand out to recruiters. Using numbers as indicators of success also gives hiring managers a good idea of your achievements.  

6. Let Your Personality Shine Through 

Recruiters are looking for specific qualities in a prospective employee.  

7. Compatibility with ATS Scanning  

Many companies use applicant tracking systems (ATS) software for relevant keywords. Word documents or plain-text resumes are the best for pushing through. 

8. Format  

The following three formats the most commonly used are: reverse chronological, functional, and combined.  

9. Avoiding Mistakes  

Keep in mind some of the things that you should avoid on a resume including; spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, unprofessional e-mails and outdated information. 

10. Online Resume Builders 

If you need a second set of (digital eyes) and want to use professional tools to ensure your resume stands out, these online tools can help you. 

Read more about how to create an effective resume on FinancesOnline.com.  

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