While many may have let their job search lapse during the holidays, with the arrival of the New Year comes a new invigoration in the job search. People become inspired to search harder, smarter and with a greater dedication than before. Because of this influx of job seekers following the New Year, it’s more important than ever to make your resume stand out from the crowd. So what can you do?
It’s time to take a good, long look at your resume. If it’s been in circulation for a while it’s essential to update it to keep it relevant to reflect both your professional qualifications as well as the current trends in resumes.
It’s a good idea to have someone else read your resume and give you feedback, preferably someone who will be objective and give you constructive feedback. It’s difficult to remove your own personal feelings about your resume so having a second or third opinion can give you some fresh ideas.
You have to think of your reader’s point of view when you write your resume, and this is something that is very hard for people. There are usually two sides of the spectrum, the person who thinks that everything they did down to the last detail is important and the person who thinks that they did nothing of importance in their career. No hiring manager wants to read a six page resume detailing every trivial task you have ever performed nor do they want to read a vague resume lacking any substantial information.
Do some research on current resume trends. If you are still using outdated techniques like objective statement, extensive bullets and duty based statements then your resume needs an overhaul. The most important things in your resume are a clear and powerful title, a customized branding statement, a summary that captures your unique value and results-focused content.
You don’t have to wait until the New Year to update your resume. Your resume is never finished and should be viewed as a work in progress. You should continually work on it to reflect recent job experience and professional development as well as customize it for each position you apply for. Once you have an updated resume get it out there and have a great professional year!
by Megan Koehler