How To Put Together a Resume in 2017

What is an acceptable and best way to write a resume can change from year to year, article to article, hiring manager to hiring manager, and it can be extremely difficult to keep up with the changes. Knowing what trends you should keep that will get you an interview versus what trends you should let go of because it makes your resume look out dated, could be the difference maker between getting a job and being stuck in your job search.

Keep in mind you can always go to the source. If you are looking for a financial job in San Francisco, contact San Francisco financial recruiters, and ask them what are some of the specifics their clients want to see on candidates’ resumes that will get them the job

Still In Trend

There are some parts of your resume that should not change; crisp writing, self-branding, a professional clean design, and descriptive storytelling. The best finance recruiters will be looking to see if you have these before they decide to move on with the interview.

The Resume

  • Format – Pay attention to the design of your resume. Adding a small pop of color or a well-placed divisional line can draw the eyes in and create interest. Consider using a font other than Times New Roman. For some, it is an outdated boring font, however, don’t use a font that is difficult to read.


  • Top of The Page – The top of your resume is the first thing a recruiter is going to read and it will determine if they decide to read the rest of it. Get an updated professional email address and add your website or LinkedIn page as well.


  • Key Skill – Do not wait to emphasize your skill set. Make sure that information is also near the top. Summarize your expertise in clear and short bullet points.


  • Work Experience – In this section you need to clearly outline your previous jobs, internships, and work experience. Make sure your experience is recorded in reverse chronological order, which means from present to past. Mention your job titles and the years you worked with each organization. Do not use jargons; keep it straight and to the point.


  • Educational Details – Just like your work experience, even this part needs to be listed in a reverse chronological order. In this section, mention the name of your degree, the institution, the year and most importantly your grades. Here please provide the correct grades, as mentioned on your certificates.


  • Significant Achievements – Your achievements could range from formal awards, to project recognition or a promotion. This section helps the recruiter to understand your approach towards work. For instance ‘Completed projects before deadline’ or ‘Received client recognition for exceptional work’ – these are also achievements that will give your recruiter a proper idea about you.


  • Hobbies – Most people omit this section in their CV, but it is always advisable to include a brief mention of your interests. This section highlights your personality and even before you meet the recruiter, they get to understand your persona.


  • References – This is another very important part of your CV. Your referees should be either from your previous company or from your educational institution. Under this section, mention the name, address, designation, email id and contact details of the referee. Provide atleast two references.


  • Save as PDF – Lastly save your CV in PDF format. A PDF format is most preferable as it can be viewed from any device. Further the formatting is also maintained in this format.

That’s it, now your CV is complete. Before pressing the send button, make sure you proofread the document very carefully. If needed, take a second opinion from a friend. Your CV is your first impression, so do not rush; take good time to create it.