Wondering where you’ll end up on your journey? Like many people, I’m sure you’ve promised to finally find a career that you enjoy and find fulfilling. Before you take the plunge into the world of job searching, I’d like to suggest a word of caution: if it’s been a while since you’ve updated your resume, you need to give it a second look. Part of this process is ensuring you know how to connect your resume to your job search.
I have listed tips to ensure your resume is up-to-date and top-notch:
Check your career objectives. Are they the same as your last job search?
Ensure that your resume reflects the work you’re looking for. It’s important to remember that a resume isn’t just a history of your employment. Your resume and cover letter need to target the position that you’re seeking. Most career changers have a tough time with this, which is why they seek the help of a certified resume writer.
Is your resume format outdated and uninspiring?
Remember that as you grow, you must also have a resume that reflects your professionalism. There are so many great sophisticated formats today that allow you to highlight your achievements. The days of the old, boring, standard resume formats are history. You need to stand out from the multitudes of resumes received every day. Creativity, eye-catching formatting, and the ability to use keywords effectively are what will get you in the door. You can review our resume samples here to get some ideas.
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 weren’t prepared? Ensure that your added responsibilities or promotions have been reflected on your resume. Accomplishments are also critical to include in your resume, don’t miss this important ingredient. Employers want to know your history of success and problem-solving. Showcasing your past accomplishments can often lead to interviews.
Job lingo and keeping your keywords up-to-date.
It sounds unbelievable, but industry jargon, buzzwords, and technology change almost daily. Make sure that your resume is peppered with these keywords. It helps to review job postings and company websites to get ideas about what keywords you should include in your documents. This will also keep you updated on the latest trends in keywords and even in interviewing techniques.
Keeping your resume and cover letter updated and “ready to go” is a great way to ensure that you don’t miss out on opportunities that may arise during the year.
Need additional help? Reach out to Candace to learn more!