Stuck in a Rut: How to Make Your Resume More Current


If properly created, your resume is the most valuable and important marketing tool you have at your disposal. In fact, it only takes a matter of seconds to create, and the contents it contains can either make you or break you in terms of landing a great interview.

Nearly 40% of all HR managers claim they spend just one or two minutes when reviewing a fresh applicant, while another 20% say they spend under a minute, according to a nationwide survey. It’s imperative to ensure your resume is current and highlights all your attributes in the best possible light.  So, here are a few key tips to make your resume stand apart from the crowd.

Include a Career Summary

You literally only have a few seconds to “wow” the hiring manager with your resume. Make it organized and easy to read by chunking together relevant material. Stick to lists when you can and bold important features. By including a detailed career summary at the very top of your resume, it provides managers a quick snapshot of your talents, accomplishments, and skill sets.

Keep it Up to Date

Regardless if you are currently seeking work or not, always have an up-to-date copy of your resume and portfolio available. Whenever you achieve something significant, or your responsibilities are increased, immediately include that information on your resume. You may need to produce a current copy of your resume at any time.

Incorporate Important Keywords

Tracking systems are notorious for weeding out unqualified candidates for potential jobs based on a lack of keywords. In fact, over 50% of all HR managers say they use them throughout the hiring process. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to integrate important keywords from the job posting directly into your resume. Use words that relate to the specific job or industry to ensure you get through the screening for generic resumes.

Make it Functional

List your work experience based on skill categories instead of chronological order. This quickly shows potential employers your expertise and any relevant skills you possess instead of any you may lack.

Include Relevant Experience

Whether you want to broaden your job search to include new industries, or you’re a graduate fresh out of college seeking an online masters in electrical engineering, you may not have experience that’s necessary in order to land the job you desire. That’s why it’s so important to include any and all relevant experience in your resume including any specific community involvement, leadership roles, or volunteer work as well.

Your Resume is Updated. Now What?

Now that you have the perfect resume and you’re ready to jump head first into a new career, the very worst thing you can do is to simply send out generic copies to the masses, sit back and wait for the call that’s going to kickstart your career. Instead, utilize every social networking site available in order to host your resume, along with submitting it to the company for the position you’re seeking.

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