How to Update and Target Your Resume to Match Job Search Goals

Wondering where you’ll end up on your career journey? Like many people, I’m sure you’ve promised yourself to find a career 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 resume writing tips to ensure your resume is up-to-date and top-notch:

Check Career Objectives

Are they the same as your last job search?

Ensure your resume reflects the work you’re interested in. It’s important to remember that a resume isn’t just a history of your employment. Customize your resume and cover letter to target the position 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Is Your Resume Format Outdated and Uninspiring?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 many sophisticated formats today that allow you to highlight your achievements. The days of the old, boring, standard resume formats are history.

Stand out from the multitudes of resumes received daily. Creativity, eye-catching formatting, and the ability to use keywords effectively are what will get you in the door. Review our resume samples to get ideas on how to create your own resume.

Have You Added New Employment, Skills, and Accomplishments?

Keep 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 new job responsibilities or promotions have been reflected in your resume.

Career accomplishments are 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 job accomplishments can often lead to interviews.

Use Current Keywords

It sounds unbelievable, but industry jargon, buzzwords, and technology change daily. Pepper your resume with the correct keywords. Review job postings and company websites to get ideas about what keywords you should include in your job search documents. Analyzing career postings will keep you updated on the latest trends in keywords and even in interviewing techniques.

Keep your resume and cover letter updated and be ready to submit at a moment’s notice. Don’t miss out on career opportunities that may arise during the year.

Need additional help to customize your resume and cover letter? Reach out to Candace to learn more!