Keeping your resume brand new is an important part of looking for a new job; but let’s face it, it’s fairly time demanding and it can be difficult to know where to start. If your resume is in need of a refresher, take a look at these guidelines below. You may find that you don’t need a complete redesign, but rather a quick update.
1. Edit overload Writing
It is attractive to add lots of verbiage to your resume to make your work sound more remarkable. But that’s a mistake. Caring your content clear and short is always best. If you haven’t read through your resume in a while, take a look at each segment and pick out the wording that doesn’t communicate anything.
2. Modernize Your achievements and Skills
Don’t just list your daily tasks, but rather look at your actual odd jobs and what you’ve skilled. Remove old information that isn’t relevant and add achievements that you’ve skilled while at the job, or skills that you’ve had to be trained to make the job more proficient
3. Change Sentences From Passive to Active
when you write your resume, you need to drain the passive voice and use an active one. Here’s an example of an imaginary passive resume sentence: “Was a part of a major website redesign team.” Although it’s true, it’s boring and doesn’t convey that you did much on that team. A better sentence would be something like: “Worked with fellow co-workers to redesign company website.”
4. Update Computer Skill References
OK, so your achievements and skills are up-to-date, but what about your computer skills? Have you updated those? Each job will have their own technology skill requirements, so you’ll have to decide which ones are best to list. Just be sure to delete old technology that no one uses anymore
If you’re using an email provider like AOL for your account, consider using a more updated provider such as Google’s Gmail, or purchase a domain so your email address is the same as your name.
5. Share It
This is technically a refresher tip, but it’s just as important. Let your friends and family know you’re looking for a job, and tell co-workers.
Save your resume in several different formats to make it easier to send out. Some employers may want Word documents, others may prefer a PDF and some will want you to copy and paste it to their site. Keep a clear format version of your resume that can be easily copied and pasted into a website program.
Take out bullet points, bolding, numbers and special characters that may cause formatting problems in other file types.