“In today’s job market, your resume needs to immediately stand out,” says Dawn Bugni, a professional resume writer in Wilmington, N.C. Attention spans are at an all-time short, with hiring managers spending just six seconds looking at a resume before deciding whether the applicant is worth further consideration, a recent study by TheLadders found. (That’s if a human looks at it at all; before your application even reaches a hiring manager, it usually has to make it past an automated applicant tracking system.)
As hiring continues to increase, job seekers will face stiff competition this year. Follow the tips below to make your resume shine in 2016.
1. Enhance your contact information.
Put simply: hiring managers are busy; make their job easier by hyperlinking your email address so that you’re only one click away, says Wendy Enelow, co-author of Modernize Your Resume: Get Noticed…Get Hired. Bear in mind that you expose yourself to identify theft if you include your full mailing address, says Enelow, so only put your city, state, and zip code on your resume. Also, use active links to your LinkedIn profile and any other social media accounts that are fit for recruiters.
《让你的简历现代化:从得到关注……到成功应聘》(Modernize Your Resume: Get Noticed…Get Hired)一书的合著者温迪•伊尼罗解释说:其实道理很简单,人事经理工作繁忙,所以要尽可能简化操作,简历中的电邮地址可以做成超链接,鼠标一点就能给你发邮件。伊尼罗说,要注意一点,如果你提供了完整的邮寄地址,有可能遭遇隐私泄露,所以简历里写上州、城市和邮编就行。另外,简历里提到的LinkedIn页面和其他社交媒体账号也都加上超链接,方便人事经理点击。
2. Make the page “pop.”
Depending on the industry, you can distinguish your resume by punching up the design, but exercise caution: a graphic artist, for example, has more creative leeway than an accountant.
Enelow’s co-author Louise Kursmark recommends using color to make your resume unique. To stay professional, consider making only section headers blue, for example, and leaving the rest in black, Kursmark suggests. And replace the outdated Times New Roman with a more modern font such as Cambria, Calibri, or Georgia, Enelow says. (As standard typefaces, they translate well between operating systems.)
与伊尼罗合著的作者路易斯•克斯马克建议,用不同的颜色让简历与众不同。他认为,要凸显职业感,可以考虑只在抬头部分用蓝色字体,其他内容的字体还都是黑色。伊尼罗则是建议,不妨用Cambria、Calibri或者Georgia等更常用的字体,而不是老气横秋的Times New Roman。(这些都是标准字体,各种操作系统都能兼容。)
3. Ditch the objective statement…
Today’s hiring managers aren’t concerned with what is it you’re looking for—they’re focused on finding the right hire. Thus, “the objective statement has become obsolete,” says Tiffani Murray, an HR professional and resume writer at Atlanta-based Personality On a Page.
…and lead with a summary.
To capture the hiring manager’s attention, start your resume with a short professional synopsis that states your years of experience, job history, and big career achievements. Instead of labeling the section a “summary,” use the header to highlight your area of expertise, says Enelow.

如今的人事经理不关心求职者的目标——他们只想招到合适的人。美国亚特兰大职业写作服务平台Personality On a Page的一位简历写手、人力资源专家蒂凡尼•穆雷说:“职业目标陈述已经过时了。”
4. Guide the reader’s eye.
The Internet has changed reading behavior, says Kursmark: “People don’t read top to bottom anymore. They’re constantly skimming and looking at different parts of the page, and if you don’t structure your resume to appeal to that, a lot of good material will get overlooked.” Therefore, use bolded text to ensure your achievements stand out.
5. Beat the robots.
Many medium and large companies use software to weed out candidates. Your resume will need the right keywords to get through, so mirror the language of the job posting, advises Bugni, and pay attention to detail. “Changing something as simple as ‘customer service’ to ‘client relations’ can get your resume approved or rejected,” she says.
6. Forgo a “skills” section.
Weave your talents into your work experience. “Employers are looking for more than a list of skills,” says Murray. “They want to know how you’ve applied them.” The exception: It’s beneficial to have a designated section when applying for a skills-based job that requires specific qualifications, such as an IT specialist.
将你的才华融入工作经历内容中。“招聘方并不仅仅想看技能的罗列,” 穆雷说,“他们更希望了解你怎样运用在实际中。”不过也有例外:申请有特定资质要求的技能型工作时,比如信息技术专家,最好在简历里专门划出一块列出已掌握的技能。
7. Maximize your real estate.
Despite what you may have heard, you don’t necessarily need to limit your resume to one page. “A resume is as long as it needs to be to convey value. And not one word more,” says Bugni. That said, a two-page resume may be appropriate for someone with 30 years’ experience—not for a recent college graduate. To conserve space use bullet points, active verbs, and industry-specific acronyms, and don’t state the obvious (e.g., including “references available upon request”).