Likely your resume needs to be refreshed and polished up a bit. Here are five things to consider from business and finance writer, Maurie Backman, before you even get started:
- Updating your resume takes time - more than the half hour you think it'll take
- Include others to ensure it's spot on (an old colleague, perhaps)
- Get a second set of eyes to review for errors and consistency
- Your resume will determine whether you land an interview; it must be "just so"
- Every three months, update your resume. It'll give you peace of mind
Not sure how to fix an outdated resume?
- Ditch the "Objective"
- Use a professional summary, an overview of your career highlighting skills that differentiate you from other candidates, including keywords from the job advertisement
- Regurgitate keywords (within reason) from job advertisements back onto your resume and cover letter
- Don't date your education (unless you're a recent grad with no relevant experience). Dates can cause age discrimination
- Including all jobs is unnecessary (typically you'll list relevant past positions from the last 15 years)
- Go ahead and split job experiences on your resume (one section for sales experience, one section for teaching experience, for example). If you're after a job in sales, place the sales section at the top of the work history section
- Omit personal information, like hobbies, number of children or marital status. The modern 2017 resume is strictly professional