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When was the last time you updated your resume? If it’s been over a year, or if you’ve gained any new experience, it’s time to get your resume up to speed!
Over the years, our resumes can collect LOTS of information about ourselves, but is that information relevant or necessary to the career you wish to have? Will listing that part-time job you had over the summer in high school or that club you joined in college really help you further your career? Probably not. If you’re thinking about making a career or job change, now is the time to make sure your resume is as up-to-date and relevant as possible.
Don’t know where to start? Try these tips for giving your resume the update it needs!
Don’t fill your resume with long descriptions about your past experience. Getting detailed and specific is what your cover letter is for! In a resume you want to be brief and simple. List your experience concisely with clean lines, bullet points and lots of white space so as not to overwhelm the reader. If a bullet point takes up more than one line, you’ve written too much.
Your resume needs to fit on a single page or two. You don’t need to include every single job, volunteer opportunity or other experience you’ve had in your entire life. Try to single out the most relevant experiences to the position you are applying for and focus just on those. As a general rule, you don’t need to include any experiences beyond the past 10 years.
Many people think that once they’ve made their resume, they are done. This is simply not true. To get the maximum impact out of your resume, you should be tailoring it for each and every position you apply to, especially if you have more experience than you can fit on one page. Some of your past experience may be relevant to one job, but not to another. It might be a good idea to have one “master resume” with everything you would potentially want to include in a job application, then edit that resume down to a single page every time you apply to a new job, depending on what that employer is looking for. You want to highlight your skill set to mirror the position you are applying for as much as possible without exaggerating your experience.
If you’ve had the same resume for years on end, chances are your formatting might be a little out-of-date. You want your resume to look stylish and polished while also being easy to read. Try researching examples of what other resumes look like in your field — some jobs are more accepting of a little creativity, while others have stricter standards. Additionally, make sure you have your resume saved in several formats, including Microsoft Word, text only and PDF. When possible, submitting your resume in PDF format is best — there won’t be any accidental changes to worry about, and it makes you look technologically savvy.
We have entered the age of social media, and the fact of the matter is, if you’re not connected online, you are going to be at a huge disadvantage in your job search. If you do not already have a LinkedIn profile, it’s time to make one. Employers often look at your LinkedIn profile when considering you for a job. If you already have a LinkedIn profile, take some time to update it to match your resume. You want to have one cohesive professional image, online and off.
Are you ready for your next career move? At All About People, we have hundreds of job opportunities waiting for you! Contact us today and get your resume the attention it deserves.