5 Tips to Update Your Resume

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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 even 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. 

Here are five tips that you can use to update your resume:

1. Forget about the old adage that a resume should only be one page. If you need additional pages to fully show the work and value that you bring, do so and don’t limit yourself to that one page.

2. If you are interested in different industries or positions, your resume needs to be reflective of that specific industry/position that you’re applying to. Yes, this does mean that you might have to create more than one resume to ensure each one has the appropriate keywords and information that a recruiter or hiring manager is going to need in order to bring you in for an interview.

3. 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. As long as you have the experience, include those keywords in your resume. There are businesses that use a computer program to do the initial sourcing of resumes and those computers are looking for specific keywords to indicate this person has at least some minimum qualifications. If you don’t have those keywords, then you can unfortunately be sourced out. 

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

5. Unless a job posting specifically asks for a cover letter 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 truly isn’t necessary.

Guest Author: MaryRose Ritter
Cover Photo by Markus Winkler

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