Many of us have “Looking for a new job” on our 2013 resolution list. It can be a long and challenging process, but you can get started by reviewing and refreshing your resume. Even in a world filled with email, social networking, online profiles, job boards, etc., you still need to have an actual resume ready at all times. For now, it’s still a main part of the hiring process for almost all companies.
Here is a quick checklist to help you update your resume:
- Check your contact information – is your phone number, address and email correct?
- Did you include other relevant links, e.g. your LinkedIn profile url, personal portfolio website?
- Does your resume still have an Objective section? If so, replace with something more relevant like a Headline, Professional Profile, or Qualifications Summary section.
- Do you have your most recent job listed? Are your latest successes captured?
- Are your top accomplishments and results outlined for each job?
- Have you included proof points, such as dollars saved, employees trained, etc.? Do you use numbers and facts to prove your statements?
- Do you use strong keywords – words that employers will be searching resumes for? A good source for keyword ideas are job descriptions.
- Is your resume easy to read? Use bulleted lists instead of paragraphs and endless sentences. Make sure your font selection and font size are easily readable both on paper and electronically.
- Does your resume cover a complete time period? Do you have gaps you need to account for?
- Does your resume have all the “expected” sections such as Contact Information, Summary, Work Experience and Education?
Once you’ve updated and improved your resume, take that information and update all your other social networking and job search profiles. This could include your LinkedIn profile, job board accounts and more. The more current your information is when an employer finds you, the more interested they will be. Commit to updating your resume and online profiles at least once per quarter. Add projects and accomplishments when they are fresh in your mind.
So, dust off that resume and get started! If you have any great tips for updating resumes, please share with us in the comments.