It’s a well-known fact that your resume is possibly the most important aspect of looking for a new job, which is why it’s so important to make sure it’s always in tip-top shape – you’ll never know when you’ll need it. Even those who have been in the same job for years and years should keep an updated resume saved on their computer just in case. Resumes have changed over time, as well as employer expectations… if you haven’t updated your resume in a few years, there might be some changes to consider making. Keep in mind that there are ways to make your resume more marketable towards employers such as taking some extra classes such as PMP classes or becoming certified in your respective industry.
Below are a few things to keep in mind when updating your resume.
- Clearly State Your Objective
Only a few years ago, it was considered ‘OK’ to have one standard resume that was generalized towards your prospective job industry. However, in today’s age, it’s important to have more than one resume targeting specific types of jobs. For example, if you’re a graphic designer looking for a new job, you may want to consider having a resume targeting specific design industries looking for a graphic designer such as advertising, web design, and marketing. Be as specific as possible and clearly state your objective – employers like to know that you’ve done your research and are the perfect fit for the job.
- Rewrite Your Work History
List only your most recent job titles with detailed descriptions and then list older job titles with more generalized descriptions. Be specific with your most recent job descriptions and don’t be afraid to boast about detailed projects. For jobs that took place a long time ago but you still believe to be relevant, provide a brief description to avoid your resume from becoming too long.
- Boast About Your Education
In today’s competitive market, it’s important to include a detailed education history. In the past, it may have been the norm to simply list your degree but in today’s society, it’s important to include a GPA, awards, honors, and more. Be sure to include any training or certifications you have, such as PMP classes or Google Analytics Certification – this makes you more marketable toward potential employers.
- List Your Community Service
This may sound a bit elementary but employers really do care about your work with the community. This shows that you’re passionate about what you do and that you’ll go above and beyond to achieve your goals. Your willingness to volunteer may hold a competitive edge over others applying for the same job.
- Update Contact Information
This may be a given but is actually the most forgotten thing to include on a resume. Be sure to include various methods of contact, including cell phone, email, and website if applicable.
Revamping a resume can be tough work but the end result will be well-worth the time and effort. It’s important to keep your resume updated at all times, as you never know what might come up last minute. In order to avoid a mad rush to update your resume, update it every time you have something to add, have a change in title, or your current responsibilities change.
Collin is a counselour at a community college where he helps students create their resume as well as find jobs.