Tips on How to Build a Resume in 2018: The New, the Classic, and the Outdated

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Resume trends have changed a lot over the years. What once was cool is now a major error, and what once was standard is now cliché. There are some resume standards that have stood the test of time, and there are some new resume trends which will help you get the job. So, what should you scrap and what should you add?


Here are the latest tips on how to build a resume in 2018:


  • Visually Engaging

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Paul Martin Lester, a tenured Communications Professor at California State University said, “Something is happening. We are becoming a visually mediated society. For many, understanding of the world is being accomplished, not through words, but by reading images.” We need to utilize the fact that images are worth just as much or more than words. According to, " . . .  incorporating visual interpretation of data into your resume is paramount. In a recent study, SkyWard reported content with relevant images get 94% more views than content without.”

  • Color

A creative resume that utilizes images and color can really set you apart from the crowd. Highlight your name or section headers in a splash of color as a way to leave a more lasting first impression.

  • Hyperlinks

Make your resume easy and simple for recruiters to see and use. Instead of making a recruiter type in your email address or your website, provide hyperlinks so that it is all a simple click away.

  • Keywords

According to, “Only the right keywords will make sure you get through the automated applicant filtering systems that HR departments use to weed out candidates.”

Hint – use a lot of the same words they use in the job posting.

  • Too Much and Too Flashy

According to, “…at this point you really don’t need to worry about fancy formats (like video resumes).” Stick to the one-page resume classic, and you will be just fine. The design is where you can get creative.


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  • Short, Clean, and Simple

All resumes of the past and the future should be short, clean, and simple. Make your 2018 resume one page long, easy to read with action verbs and short sentences, and simple.

  • Chronological Format

According to Accountemps, “three out of four bosses prefer a chronological resume.” This is classic and it works well as a standard resume format.

  • No Mistakes

The classic resume is neat and clean – meaning the grammar is correct with no spelling errors. Your resume preparation in 2018 requires just as much attention to detail.


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  • Microsoft Resume Templates

Cutting-edge resumes are the way to go in 2017. You will date yourself and look uninteresting by using things like the old Microsoft resume templates. These forms are outdated and you need to add more design and modern phrases into your resume.

  • Objective Statements

Objective statements are tired and worn out. Obviously, your objective is to get the job. Instead, use that space to write a summary of the skills and talents you will be bringing to the job.

  • College and Awards

If you are not a recent graduate, you do not need to list your college education first. It can go at the bottom and does not require a lot of details. Similarly, if the awards and accolades you have earned do not directly relate to the job for which you are applying, leave them out.

  • Languages

According to, “you may be (rightly) very proud that you took an immersion course in Spanish… but that doesn’t mean there’s a place for this on your resume. Unless you are working or applying to work in a position where this language is necessary or useful, it’s a waste of space for something that you can put on your LinkedIn profile or personal website.”

Learn more about what to include (and not include) in your 2018 resume by contacting BRANNON PROFESSIONALS today.

And don't miss next week's blog post which will mimic this article but go into much greater detail regarding the specifics of how to write and organize a resume, cover letter and references.