Refresh your resume

If you have been in the job force for a while, then you probably have not taken a look at your resume.  Though many of those skills and qualifications still apply and have probably increased, it is important to take another look at your resume before you send it out.  As the times have changed, so has your resume. Make your resume focus on the jobs you are applying for and include not only the basics, but the important information that is relevant to the specific jobs you are looking at.

How to refresh your resume:

1. Analyze the job you are applying for.

  • Look at what the job description is asking for.
  • Look at specifics.
  • Look at skills.

2. Evaluate your skills and qualifications.

  • What can you contribute to this job?
  • What are your specific skills that will help you in this position?
  • What extra qualifications or skills do you have that will be beneficial?

3. Update basic information.

  • References
  • Contact information
  • Education/experiences

What should your resume include?

Your resume should always include the basics:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Education
  • Work experience

This seems like a given, however to get more specific, when it comes to work experience make sure to include only relevant information.  If you are ten years into your career and worked at an ice cream parlour when you were 15, you can most likely leave that out. Your more recent jobs and how you improved there, is what employers are looking at.

What should you leave out of your resume?

It is important to be sure that your resume is under two pages.  Most employers prefer a one page resume, however just be sure that the information you have is pertinent. That being said here are some things that you should not add to your resume:

  • Photo

The employer will see you when you come in for an interview.  There is no need to give him or her a preconceived notion of who you are other than what skills and qualifications you have.

  • Objective

Though objectives are sometimes helpful, they have become a thing of the past.  By looking at your skills and the position you are applying for, the employer should automatically be able to tell what your objective is.

  • GPA

Unless you are a 3.0 student or above, putting your GPA is not necessary.  Some employers do ask for your GPA, in which case it is alright.  However most cases employers are more concerned with what you can do and what you are involved in.

  • References

Put your references on a separate sheet of paper. Many employers do not even ask for references so you are supplying them with extra information that they don’t have time to look at. If your references are asked for, then you may hand over that other piece of paper.

Common mistakes:

  • Typos

Check everything before you sned it in.  Oops I mean send* it in!  Oh the importance of proofreading and checking for silly errors!!

  • Inappropriate email addresses

It is safe to say that email addresses from grade school probably need to be updated.  PrettyPrincess264 may describe you but that is not what the employer wants to see.

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