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5 Ways to Give Your Resume New Life

December 15th, 2011

Did you know that it is not necessary to redo your entire resume?  Instead, it is a good idea to freshen it up from time to time. Doing so will improve your chances of being hired since the information contained on the resume may offer more recent information about you. By taking a few minutes to refresh your resume, you could spark new opportunities for your future.

Resume Updates to Focus On

If you are ready to give your resume a fresh new look (to capture the right kind of attention from recruiters) there are a few specific places to start. Though some resumes do require rewriting to keep them up-to-date, the following tips will aid in a quick update

  1. Add in anything that you’ve been doing recently at the bottom of your resume. For example, if you’ve attended a workshop or received professional training, this is the place to add it. Ensure anything new and not on the resume is added in.
  2. Get rid of anything that’s not relevant or no longer true. Look through your resume and ask yourself if each entry into it provides something in line with your career or application goals. If not – omit it
  3. Keep your current job, or your most important job, the most detailed on the resume. If your first job doesn’t really fit in to your career goals, edit that portion of the resume down. Ensure that your current job is getting all of the attention it needs. Update your resume to include any new tasks or accomplishments at your current position as well.
  4. Does your resume look modern, clean and organized? If not, it may be time to give it a new look overall. Use a different resume format that focuses on what’s most valuable to a potential employer. Then, make sure your resume is available in various formats, including a printed version, a .doc and a PDF file.
  5. Edit and proofread the resume. Anytime there are any changes to a resume, go back and read them a few hours later. You want to ensure no errors exist in the content that could keep you from landing that big job. You may also want to ask a friend to look over the resume for any potential errors.

Re-doing a resume may mean you get a fresh perspective on your career options. You may realize you need a bit more training or that you could add a bit more detail about the things you do each day. By creating a resume that’s current and structured for the types of positions you are applying for today, you are more likely to land the position you are looking for in the long term.

For those still handing out that old, tired resume, do not expect to get call backs frequently. Ensure that each time you hand your resume to a potential client, it presents the best you can offer to the potential employer. If you need some guidance concerning your resume, look to the career experts at Concorde Personnel.

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