10 Resume Trends for 2016

John Krautzel
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Hiring trends are constantly changing, and so should your CV. Next time you write a resume, remember these top 10 resume trends of 2016 to ensure you give recruiters the best possible impression.

1. Get to the Point Quickly

In 2016, resume trends reflect the fact that there is strong competition for jobs in many fields. Recruiters have little time to spend reading each applicant's resume, so you need to quickly communicate why you are the best fit for the job. Use short sentences and bullet points to list your key accomplishments, so the recruiter can quickly see what you have to offer.

2. Edit Ruthlessly

When you write a resume, you'll almost certainly include too many unnecessary words on your first draft. Read back over what you wrote, and cut anything that's not a critical part of the message you want to convey.

3. Assume Recruiters Will Skim Your Resume

Many modern recruiters don't read resumes word by word. Instead, they skim over the main points before deciding whether they want to look at parts of the resume in more detail. Use bullet points and headings to highlight key information to skim-reading recruiters.

4. Use the CAR Formula

CAR stands for Challenge, Action, Result. It's a formula you can use to explain your key achievements. First, explain the challenge that you faced at work. Next, explain the action you took to resolve the situation. Finally, state the result.

5. Quantify Your Achievements

Employers in 2016 are looking for someone who can increase their company's profits or decrease their costs. If you've raised revenue or cut costs in a previous role, quantify your achievement on your resume by stating the amount your actions raised or saved.

6. Use Visual Information

Online resumes are becoming more common. Embrace this modern trend by adding graphs and charts to your resume or LinkedIn profile to communicate quantifiable information. People process visual information faster than text, so these resume trends could help you communicate more effectively.

7. Try an Infographic Resume

One of the hottest resume trends in marketing, social media and design is an infographic resume. Similar to trend No. 6, these resumes use visuals instead of text to deliver information. They're a great opportunity to show your creative side.

8. Use Short Sentences

In 2016, recruiters are used to reading tweets and other bite-size pieces of information. Follow this resume trend by making your CV easy to digest using short sentences of 140 characters or fewer.

9. Create a Personal Brand

Use words, images and color to create a strong personal brand on your LinkedIn profile or website. You can include these words and colors on your resume to continue your personal branding and create a confident presentation of your professional self.

10. Forget About ATS

Until recently, employers used ATS (applicant tracking software) to scan resumes for particular keywords. However, they're starting to realize that the software isn't great at finding the best candidates for a job. With fewer employers using ATS, you don't need to worry about cramming keywords into your resume.

Recruiters' attention spans are getting shorter each year, so if you want to stay competitive in the job market, you need to adapt. Create an effective resume in 2016 by keeping up with these resume trends.

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  • Hema Zahid
    Hema Zahid

    Would it be okay to include a table of data in my resume instead of a chart? I feel that my accomplishments can be summarized better in a table than in a chart. I’m worried that a table may end up looking like a block of text even if I keep the sentences short.

  • Nancy Anderson
    Nancy Anderson

    @Jennifer so sorry that you are not happy with our site. At the bottom of a page you will see Beyond's address and phone number with a Contact US link below it. Simply click on that link and submit your questions and a customer service rep will be in touch. As for the references, it's a judgment call. Personally I do not include references either for the same reason as you - space issues. I just have them written up on a separate page and take them with me to the interview or send them in when requested.

  • Jennifer W.
    Jennifer W.

    And since there is apparently no way to contact anyone at Beyond.com for help, (other than the FAQ page which has no info at all on my particular issues), I'll post a couple of questions here. Please advise if there is some way to actually ask these questions in an appropriate help desk area: Why does the Beyond link to my "portfolio" (aka professional experience summary) completely ignore my most recent work history, which is correctly entered on my résumé? And why is it automatically generating some irrelevent chart that assumes for no apparent reason that I have 11 years of experience in Sales and 1 year experience in "imaging" when my résumé states clearly that I have 15+ years of experience in visual design and makes no mention of sales? Also automatically generates some fictitious job title at some company I've never worked at and calls it my "job title", forcing me to manually correct it?? If this is meant to be a worthwhile and helpful job-hunting website, it fails on MANY levels.

  • Jennifer W.
    Jennifer W.

    I disagree that references should be included on a résumé. You're giving out other people's contact info to complete strangers, and since 99% of résumés submitted appear to be completely ignored, the info is irrelevant at that point anyway. If you have lots of relevant experience, it's enough of a trick to get it succinct enough so that all the most relevant info is included on one page, without trying to use a bunch of unnecessary filler which really should ONLY be supplied after at least one personal contact has been made from the employer, speaking with you personally and indicating their potential interest in hiring you.

    And if you're going to consider résumé scanning software, then you must realize that charts and graphs will only confuse the dumb software program. I don't think it really works to have it both ways.

  • Nancy Anderson
    Nancy Anderson

    Thanks for your comments. @Thomas B some candidates use charts, graphs and infographics. It can make your resume really stand out. However, most companies want to see a straightforward resume. If you are in the creative world looking for a new position, give it a try.


    great suggestions, thanks

  • Claudia Mayes
    Claudia Mayes

    1 and 8 is basically the same thing. Write short sentences... Follow your own lead. The 10 pointers could've been summarized into 5!!!

  • thomas baird
    thomas baird

    I have never heard of a resume containing charts and graphs. Are candidates really including their resume?

  • Nancy Anderson
    Nancy Anderson

    Thanks for the comments. @Howard it's always great to keep all of your work related items together so that you can have them when you need them. Places of employment including tasks, location, dates and supervisors: Education including dates, major and gpa: at least 3 up to date references including contact phone and email as well as any other qualifications you may have. Makes applying for that position easier - less stress. @Richard thanks for that insight. So true that the pendulum swings both ways. Best of luck in your job search. Hope that you can some, if not all, of the above trends.

  • Richard G.
    Richard G.

    I take issue with your observation following Trend #10 by suggesting that recruiters need to work to slow or reverse their shortened attention spans trend if THEY want to stay competitive in the job market!

  • Howard O.
    Howard O.

    I think that this are great points to be considered when you are creating ore-vamping your resume. like to gather up the points you want to make. Have an area that keeps tighter. such as Education, Registrations/Licenses,, Affiliations, Years of Experience Start and Finish for each job.

  • Eliot S.
    Eliot S.

    I don't know what recruiters Randy S is going to and, while I don't agree with every suggestion made, if every recruiter is telling Randy the opposite, it may explain why he is still on this site.

  • Paul K.
    Paul K.

    Thank You.for hire

  • Nancy Anderson
    Nancy Anderson

    Thanks everyone for your comments and for finding the numbering mistake. It has been corrected - thanks. Please note that these are just tips to try to help you out. You can use one of them, all ten of them or none. As for the comments regarding infographics, if you log on to your account and then click on Career Portfolio, you will be brought to your resume page. There you can click on infographic and see what it looks like.

  • Geoffrey K.
    Geoffrey K.

    Very interesting and a helpful tool to use to improve the resume.

  • Eileen E.
    Eileen E.

    Show a sample or 2!!

  • Alex Nevarez
    Alex Nevarez

    Edit, edit, edit!!! There are 2 number 8's in your 10 trends


    Good advice but how am I supposed to deal with all the 10 tips in just one page of resume after 28 years of experience?

  • DAVID T.
    DAVID T.

    Who new resumes had to be trendy lol


    I review resumes a lot and would just recommend being VERY concise. Use bullet points, keep it brief and punchy. Every 10 years of exp <= ~1page of resume.

  • JESSE R.
    JESSE R.


  • David W.
    David W.

    I agree with Randy S. For everyone that says do this, there are an equal # that say don't.

  • Randy Scott
    Randy Scott

    This is all crap. Every one of these violates every rule that every employment agent tells me to follow. No one will look at these "childrens" resumes.

  • Suad S.
    Suad S.

    Very good pointer.

  • Sharad Shah
    Sharad Shah

    Very useful !

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