Resume Upgrades

By Emilie Gerhart

Is your resume updated? It’s challenging to keep such a dynamic document up to date due to the constant addition of experience and knowledge. However, there are a few key spots on your resume you should take a look at to make sure you are always ready for any opportunity.

Debra Auerbach from Career Builder put together a concise list made up of five important areas on a resume. She begins with the basics: Contact information. If you consistently breeze over the first part of your resume, it might be a good idea to review this and check for your current phone number and e-mail address while checking for typos simultaneously. Debra also notes that you should have a professional e-mail address and should register for a new account if needed.

The next point Auerbach hits on is found next in the objective statement. Make sure this declaration is reflective of your current aspirations and skills, and use confident and clear language to grab your audience. Avoid commonly used phrases like hard working, creative, effective, responsible, and so on. Construct a unique account that is distinctive and characterizes you.

The Skills section is a vital part of any resume. Take time to remove any computer programs that you haven’t touched in a few years. Add any new languages and methodologies, but be honest with yourself and only add/keep the bullet points you are confident you have mastered.

Debra makes a valid point, that the Education section of a resume is very important to entry level employees. Education details are very important when a job seeker is lacking workplace experience. Spend time updating and including your most current coursework and degrees. Contrastingly, professionals with extensive industry experience might remove college achievements and coursework. Does your associate’s degree in Mathematics really contribute to your eight years of comprehensive industry experience? If not, remove and update accordingly.

Due to updates and changes, formatting could need an overhaul. Keep the font and presentation streamlined, so the skills and experience can shine. Bold and italicize important headers and areas, but maintain a simple and clean layout. This may mean making changes to margins and indentations to steer the focus on the content rather than the appearance.

Periodically reviewing and revising your resume will guarantee that you will have nothing holding you back from any opportunity that comes knocking. Take the time in the upcoming days to make these small changes, and you will thank yourself when you hear the phone ringing with an interviewing on the other line.