If you have spent the summer months relaxing, now is the time to jump back into your job search. Updating your resume could be the first step to launch back into the process. The resume is your first introduction to your future employer – it truly is going to determine whether you make it into the interview pool. You may have brushed off your resume a couple of months ago, but now is the time to really dig in and make changes.
- Put your hiring manager’s hat on. Don’t even open up the file on your computer without getting in the right mindset. The best way to make appropriate changes to your resume is to examine the document like the person who will be evaluating it.
- Be willing to remove the outdated. This doesn’t mean that you can’t keep in relevant information that may have occurred years ago. The criterion is whether the reader is really going to use the content to determine your ability to be an effective part of the team.
- Change up the format to fit your current plan. Even if you are using a reverse chronological resume format, there may be ways to update your resume. Consider moving your technical skills or language skills closer to the top if there are positions that call for those specific abilities. Identify the ways you can spruce up the existing bullet points with more detail or behavioral verbs that more dynamically explain your experiences.