Your resume is always a work in progress, and it’s best to regularly update it as your career evolves. However, many people neglect to update their resume until they are seeking new employment, often leading to added stress that could have been prevented. If it’s been years since you’ve updated your resume, you’ll want to check out these three tips to make sure your resume is in tip-top shape:
Make Sure Your Most Recent Position is Listed First
In updating your employment history, always make sure your most recent position is listed first. Employers will evaluate your work experiences based on your most recent employment, making this one of the first things they will look for when reviewing your resume.
Update Your Contact Information
Though this one seems obvious, it’s common for many people to forget to update their contact information, including their address, phone number and email address. In addition, you may want to add links to your social media sites, such as LinkedIn or Twitter. Make sure all of your contact information is current so employers can easily reach you for an interview!
Refresh Your Look
As time goes by, even the look of your resume can become outdated. Give your resume a face-lift by changing its format and font. You can also update your resume’s look by switching the layout of the education and employment sections and highlighting your skills section at the very top. You can make your skills section visually attractive by using bullets so that they’re easy to read.
Make things easier on yourself by regularly updating your resume every few months. Then, when you’re ready to embark on a new job search, you’ll have more time to focus on your applications!
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