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Update Your Resume If You’re Looking for a Job

resumeWondering where your career is headed? Before you take the plunge into the world of job searching, I’d like to offer a word of caution: update your resume if you’re looking for a job.

Below are some tips to ensure your resume is up-to-date and top-notch:

1. Check your career objectives. Are they the same as your last job search?

Ensure that your resume still reflects the industry or profession that you’re seeking. Remember, isn’t just a history of your employment. The resume and cover letter need to reflect and target the position that you are seeking. Most career changers have a tough time with this, which is why they seek the help of a certified resume writer.

2. Is your resume format outdated and uninspiring?

It’s important to remember that as you progress in your profession, you must also have a resume that reflects your growth. There are so many great sophisticated formats today that will allow you to highlight your achievements. The days of the old, boring, standard resume formats are history. You need to stand out from the hundreds of resumes that are received by an employer on a daily basis. Creativity, eye-catching formatting, and the ability to use keywords effectively is what will get you in the door. You can review our resume samples to get some ideas.

3. Have you added new employment, skills, and accomplishments?

Keeping your resume fresh and up-to-date is essential; you never know when an opportunity will arise. Do you really want to miss out because you were unprepared? Ensure that your added responsibilities, promotions, and new skills have been reflected on your resume. Accomplishments are critical to include in your resume, don’t miss this important step.

4. Keeping job lingo and your keywords up-to-date

It is probably hard to believe for most people, but industry jargon, buzzwords, and technology are changing all the time. Make sure that your resume contains these important keywords. It helps to review job postings and company websites for insight into what keywords are most important to specific industries and companies. This will also keep you updated on the latest trends in technology, keywords, and interviewing techniques.

Keeping your resume and cover letter updated and “ready to go” is a great way to ensure that you do not miss out on opportunities that may arise during the year.

Need additional help? Reach out to Candace for assistance!

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