Resumes need makeovers, too! It’s important to makeover or update your resume when you are looking to apply for a job. It’s not a fun task to do, but when you are wanting to change jobs or careers, it’s a necessary evil. Your resume is your way of showing your value to a potential employer. I’ve recently updated my resume, and have researched a few tips that have helped me to do so.
There are various formats that you can use for your resume, however, most will require the following updates:
1. Update the Your Contact information. Include your current contact information such as your mailing address, phone number, and email address. If you don’t feel comfortable including your home address, use a PO Box.
2. Update your profile summary to reflect the position you are applying for. This section might be the hardest to write because it is a summary of who you are. It is your PITCH statement to prospective employers as to WHO you are. Make it shine with powerful keywords that speak to what you want to do. For example, if you are applying for a marketing position, you can say, “I am a personable marketing consultant with experience in web development, graphic design and account management.”
3. Update your job description with the latest job position. Use powerful key words describing your duties in your position, and list any accomplishments while on the job. For example, did you increase sales by 50% or mange X number of employees or increased website traffic by 30%? Putting a number on what you did can add value to your job description.
4. Update your list of skills. Today’s resumes are all about using key words that reference the skills needed for the position you are applying for. If you are looking for a web developer position, list the programming software that you use to develop websites. If you are seeking an administrative position, list the programs (such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Sharepoint, etc.) that you are experienced in using as administrator. Employers use computer programs to quickly search resumes for the skills they are looking for. Basically, if you don’t have the skills, your resume will be discarded and overlooked.
Online job search companies such as Career Builder or LiveCareer.com, also have features that allow you to upload your current resume and make adjustments to it. By the way, also consider posting your work history on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is the social networking site that is all about making business connections. Your past and current employers and job mates can recommend you by providing testimonials about how you work. Testimonials add value to your expertise. Also, employers are using LinkedIn to post job listings. This is an excellent resource if you are looking to relocate.
So, is it time for you to makeover your resume? Are you looking for a career change? Did you find this post helpful? Let me know in the comments below.