5 Tips to Update Your Resume

My resume note beside a pen and a laptop

In the environment we are in right now a lot of people are without jobs and are facing the uncertainty of if they will be able to return to their previous job (or if they want to).  With those uncertainties comes the challenge of ensuring that your resume is up-to-date and ready to go for the job search.  In this post I am going to give you just a couple tips or tricks that you can use to refresh and update your resume. 

 1. The first thing is to forget about the old adage that a resume has to be only one page if you need additional pages to fully show the work and value that you bring please do so and don’t limit yourself to that one page.

 2.  The next thing is to make sure that if you’re interested in multiple different Industries or even positions that your resume is reflective of that specific industry/position that you’re applying to.   Yes this does mean that you might have to have more than one resume ready to go to ensure that each one has the appropriate keywords and information that that recruiter or hiring manager is going to need in order to hopefully bring you in for an interview.

3.  In bullet point two I reference keywords so one of the other things that you can do is explore job postings of the roles that you would like to apply to and look for some common words or skills that are consistent across the board that you can, if you have the experience, make sure are in your resume. The reason for this is because there are businesses that use a computer to do the initial sourcing of resumes and those computers are looking for specific words to say yes this person has at least some minimum qualifications that we need and if you don’t have those words then you will unfortunately get sourced out. 

4. Your resume should not have paragraphs for a recruiter or hiring manager to read.  What you should have on them is bullet points that highlight the things that you’ve done at your various jobs including relevant project work and day to day activities.

5. The final thing is in regards to cover letters.  Unless a job posting specifically asks for one or you need it to help you explain either a gap of employment or why you’re looking to change Industries/jobs then a cover letter really isn’t necessary.

If when you’re looking at this you are thinking yeah this all sounds great but I really just don’t know how to sell myself in the resume or I don’t want to have to do it then you can reach out to me at maryrose@leadershipisart.com.   Right now we are offering our Resume Review at 50% off, it is normally $100 but right now it is only $50.  This offer will go on through the end of June 2020.  You can visit our website to learn more https://leadershipisart.com/hr/#resume.

MaryRose Ritter

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