Resume Trends: What Do Hiring Managers Really Think?

This is Part 3 of our series on What Hiring Managers Want in a Resume, based on a survey of 60 hiring managers I conducted with Lisa Stephen in October 2017. You can read Part 1 and Part 2 here. 

In the past few years, we have seen emerging trends such as more visual infographic resumes, integration of video, and personal websites/ portfolio sites. 

So what do hiring managers think of these approaches? 

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Infographic Resumes

There's no doubt, a well-done infographic resume is stunning. But is it enough to capture the attention of a hiring manager? 


Captures attention: 61%

Good networking tool: 30%


Not enough info on experience and skills: 20%

Won’t get through the online application system: 12%

Possible discrimination: 42%


Some of our survey respondents found the information overwhelming and they didn't find the graphs very useful. Though it's visually appealing, a few found it difficult to scan to find useful information. This type of format works well for creative, marketing, or design positions. 

Video Resumes

We were curious to see if video resumes would be the next up-and-coming resume format.  We asked if a video resume could be used instead of a standard resume in an application. 

The hiring managers said NO! They need to be able to scan information quickly. The rule of thumb is 5-10 seconds to see if a candidate is viable. Clicking and watching a short video is way too much work for them. 

Then we asked, "Could a video resume be used to enhance a standard resume?"

And yes, 41% would look at a video resume but also want to see a standard resume first. The key here is that your standard resume needs to capture attention first. Only then will a hiring manager be willing to invest time in watching a video. 

Portfolio Sites

A friend of mine was doing some hiring and she noticed that a number of candidates had portfolio sites, showcasing their work. We commonly see this for creative positions, but these positions were administratively-based. 

So we asked, "Would you look at a portfolio site if a client included a link in their resume?"

And we found that 50% of hiring managers would be open to that. 39% said it depends and only 7% said no. 

Again, like the video resume, employers are open to looking at a portfolio site, but first, your resume needs to be good enough for them to consider you a viable candidate.

Kristin Vandegriend is the founder of Career Story where she has helped hundreds of her clients successfully transition to work they love. She supports her clients to uncover their strengths and communicate to get what they want in the workplace. 

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