Updating Your Resume Using Today's Standards
If it’s been awhile since you last updated your resume, you may wonder if the format it’s currently in will work in today’s job market. An article from the Wall Street Journal titled “Updating Your Resume for 2011” provides words of wisdom to help keep you relevant. Among their tips are the following:
- Technology is Your Friend: Long gone are the days when you would print a physical copy of your resume and mail it to the company for which you’d like to work. Most people know to send their resumes electronically, but The Wall Street Journal argues that it’s also a good idea to attach the resume to an electronic profile of yourself, whether it’s a website you’ve created or your LinkedIn profile.
- Avoid Buzz Words: In the past, words like “team player” and “results-oriented” were ideal to use in your resume. The issue now is that everyone and their brother uses these words, and their effect has been considerably diluted. In lieu of relying on cliché, focus on action words that describe what you’ve accomplished in previous roles (e.g. managed, taught, and wrote).
- Don’t Shortchange Yourself: We’ve all heard the rule that a resume should be no longer than a page, but current guidelines are no longer as rigid, particularly if you have ten to twenty years of experience under your belt. When crafting your resume, make sure you include any job experience that would be beneficial in the position for which you’re applying, omitting any details that are not relevant.
- Scanning Still Applies: In other words, when an employer receives countless resumes for a position, they aren’t likely to read through each one word for word. Instead, they’ll scan to ascertain if the candidate possesses the skills they’re looking for. With this in mind, it’s important to craft your resume so that it can be easily scanned by a hiring manager or recruiter.