Tulips are blooming, the sun is shining, and the birds are chirping! That can only mean one thing – Spring is here!
With Spring often comes cleaning – a lot of cleaning. While you may dread spring cleaning each year, it really is the perfect time to take a hard look at things you never bother with the rest of the year. It’s a time for cleaning out closets, finally clearing out that junk drawer, or maybe even organizing the garage. But, it’s also the perfect time to clean up your resume!
When is the last time you looked at your resume? Let alone edited it? If you don’t know the answer to this question, it’s definitely time to do some resume spring cleaning.
Very similar to your closet, your resume changes as you change. When it comes to cleaning out your closet, you must go through all of your clothes and shoes and assess what still fits and what no longer does. What have you outgrown? What can you throw away? It’s the same with your resume. As you progress in your career, you change and grow. Your skillset expands, you face and overcome new challenges, and your overall career story changes. Is that new promotion on your resume? What about that huge project you led for the entire team? If your resume doesn’t reflect where you currently are in your career and current position, it’s time for an update.
Now, you may be thinking to yourself, but i’m not planning to apply for a new position anytime soon. That’s okay! Whether you’re actively searching for a new job or are happy at your current company, you should regularly update your resume. That way, if the unexpected happens, you can be prepared for it.
So, now you know you should update your resume, but have no idea where to start. That’s where we come in! Check out our tips below for what to look for when cleaning up your resume!
Resume Spring Cleaning Checklist:
⃞ Carefully read it over. Read over your resume several times. Take the time to look it over with a fine-tooth comb to catch any errors, typos, or missing information. Go ahead and even read it out loud. This will help ensure you really read it and will make it easier to catch little mistakes you may have missed the first time. Once you’ve identified what’s missing, and what’s no longer relevant, you have a starting point for editing your resume.
⃞ Check for typos. Typos are a resume killer. Oftentimes, if a hiring manager sees a typo on your resume, they’ll immediately toss it aside and move onto the next. Why? Because a typo on your resume shows that you didn’t take the time to carefully read it over. If you can’t show you’re serious about your resume, why should a hiring manager take you seriously?
⃞ Remove outdated information. Sure, it’s great that you graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA. It’s even more impressive that you graduated college with one as well. But does your high school and college information need to be on your resume? No. The college you attended and your degree, but any other information, such as college awards, internships, etc should be removed. You should also check all licenses and certifications you have listed. Are any expired? If so, get rid of them. A good rule to follow is the 10 year rule. If you have still have jobs listed from 10-15 years ago, delete them! Anything older than 15 years should be removed from your resume.
⃞ Remove the clutter. A cluttered resume won’t hold the attention of recruiters. So, how do you remove the clutter? It’s simple – don’t state the obvious. Eliminate overusing phrases or superfluous words, such as: including, resulted in, team player, multi-tasker, and etc. Be concise and to the point and most importantly – show the recruiter your value with facts and numbers.
⃞ Identify the holes. What’s missing from your resume? Are there gaps in your work history you can fill in? Are there relevant experiences you’ve had that aren’t listed? What about that promotion? You didn’t include it!? Well, now is the time! Write out a list of everything you’ve accomplished since the last time you looked at your resume. Then, be sure your resume is as up-to-date as possible by adding in anything important from that list.
⃞ Include new important information. Do you have new skills? Did you recently undergo training? Were you certified in something? Be sure to include any important additions to your skillset and career experience on your resume.
⃞ Target your resume. Identify the type of position you’re applying for (or will be applying for in the future) and make sure your resume is tailored to it. Match your resume to the job description and be sure all of your experience and skills are centered around that specific position. A targeted resume is much more effective than a broad one that doesn’t zero in on job specifics.
⃞ Check for keywords. Does your resume have keywords? If not, put them in! Keywords are very important in today’s job search, as they enable your resume to be found by applicant tracking systems. Not sure how to find the right keywords for your industry or position? Check out the descriptions of the jobs you’re interested in and identify those keywords. Then be sure to sprinkle them throughout your resume!
⃞ Be sure to use industry terminology and phrases. Take the time to research your profession’s jargon and be sure to include it where possible. And, be sure to remove outdated jargon. Phrases that were used 10 years ago might not be used today, or may be referred to as something different. Using them could be a red flag to recruiters that you aren’t up-to-date on industry trends.
Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to get to work cleaning up your resume! We hope these resume cleaning tips were helpful. If you think your resume is too outdated to salvage, we can help! Capstone Resume Services is a full-service resume writing company. Our Certified Professional Resume Writers offer a variety of resume writing services – from executive resumes, federal resumes, and technology resumes, to cover letters, resume websites, and LinkedIn profiles. We start the resume writing process with a personal resume consultation where we take the time to learn who you are and what you’ve experienced and achieved in order to ensure you stand out among the competition.
Contact Capstone Resumes today to take that first step towards your dream job!