Resume trends to ignore in 2017
Everyone wants to stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market. Sometimes you get bad advice and think fads and tricks are the way to go. Remember, the purpose of your resume is to get the interview, not necessarily to get the job.
Recruiters and hiring managers are busy and receive potentially hundreds of resumes for each opening. If you were in their shoes, what would you want to see: a jumbled, multi-color resume that’s hard to read and leaves you wondering what the candidate does… or a structured, well-written and concise resume that leaves you wanting to know more about this candidate?
HR directors and hiring managers aren’t really fond of gimmicks. Avoid these 8 “trends” when applying for jobs in 2017:
1. The “Less is More” approach: Employers looking at hundreds of resumes don’t read, they scan. So, it seems to make sense to be concise and distill your resume to a set of "scannable" headlines. However, taken to an extreme, this can leave the recruiter unclear about the details and what you actually do. So, be concise, but not "mysterious." If someone can’t understand your accomplishments and skills in each area you’ve worked, you need to add more information.
2. Over-emphasizing the "Cultural Fit": It’s true that companies want to know that you’ll fit into their environment, especially in hospitality where customer service and people skills really matter… so job seekers are spending a lot of time on their personal brands. But, keep in mind that your resume should be focused on the facts and avoid subjective-sounding comments about your personality.
3. Including your Social Profiles: Unless you only post or tweet about topics relevant to the hospitality industry or that showcase your professional skills and abilities, leave your social media accounts off your resume. Tweeting about TV shows and posting personal pictures will not work to your advantage in securing the job.
4. Infographic Resumes: While “visual resumes” and infographic approaches might get your resume some attention, most people don’t have the skills to do the job right. Unfortunate color schemes and complex designs can make it hard to understand. It may confuse the applicant tracking system and the hiring manager is not going to work that hard to find the information…he’ll just move on to the next resume. Keep it simple and communicate with bullet lists and sentences that clearly convey your accomplishments and abilities.
5. Paying a Professional Resume Writer: While this isn’t always a bad idea, you may not get the best results. A professional writer will possibly use different language than you would and may not truly understand enough about what you do to convey the important nuances that matter. Take the time to write about what you know and create a resume that’s you.
6. Keyword Stuffing: Applicant tracking systems help employers weed out irrelevant resumes and pass through those that use the keywords in the job posting. However, using the "white-font-keyword" strategy of stuffing lots of keywords all over your resume in a small, white font no longer works. The system now automatically turns all fonts black when you submit, so now your resume makes no sense and won’t be passed along to the recruiter after all.
7. Functional Resumes: This technique is often used when you have a gap in your job history and you want to avoid using dates in a chronological list. But this also raises a red flag. Hiring managers are starting to equate functional resumes with unemployed applicants. Also, online applications often require you to input jobs in order by date anyway, so don’t waste time on this approach unless you’ve been out of the workforce for a number of years and are just re-entering the hospitality industry and want to highlight relevant skills.
8. Video or Multi-media Resume: This approach can work if you’re looking for a customer-facing role, but you really have to know what you’re doing to produce a professional-looking piece. Be aware that many companies block videos (they can take a long time to download and recruiters just don’t want to spend the time). Slide shows can showcase your personality, but sometimes give the impression you’re not taking the application seriously. It might be too “outside the box” and take too much time to review.
Whatever you do, focus your resume on the impact you’ve had in your current and prior positions and use facts, numbers, percentages, etc., to back it up.For instance, if you’re a pastry chef, the recruiter already knows you were responsible for “all aspects of the pastry department.” You need to tell them something they don’t know. Tell them what you "did"…
- Increase sales or lower costs? By how much?
- Redesign the menu?
- Improve quality?
- Decrease turnover?
… And in the interview, you can tell them "how."