The job market is more chaotic than ever. Many have found themselves looking for work for the first time in years as a result of COVID-19. The workforce also now includes new graduates from high school and college who are seeking employment.
One of the best ways to stay ahead of the curve is to make sure your resume is fresh and up to date. If it’s been awhile since you looked at yours, or if this is your first time creating one, here are some tips to get your resume looking shiny and fresh.
Clear Out the Clutter
The first step in cleaning up your resume is to get rid of the “clutter.” This includes jobs that are more than ten years old and those that aren’t relevant to your career today, as well as expired certifications, outdated skills, etc. Anything that appears dated or stale can safely be removed.
Sweep Away the Dust
Today, many employers rely on automated software to scan incoming resumes for specific keywords. Resumes that lack those keywords are rejected. That’s why it’s so important to keep all your most relevant skills and experience on page one and keep the fluff to a minimum. Go through and remove lengthy sentences and clear out vague words like “team player” in favor of skills that are listed in the job description you are applying for.
Polish It Up
Now that you’ve made room by removing irrelevant information, you can start to add your more recent achievements. Update your most recent job and list new skills, certifications, degrees, and awards.
Make sure to replace lists of responsibilities with quantifiable achievements that illustrate the value you brought to each of your positions. Try to use real data and numbers whenever possible—just make sure those numbers can be verified.
Finally, take this opportunity to update your references. You don’t need to include them on your resume, but while you are making updates, take advantage of the momentum you have. Make sure you have the correct job title and contact information for each reference and confirm that they are still able to act as a reference for you. Next, reach out to some new potential references, as well. You want your reference list to be as fresh as your resume.
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