If you are like most of us, you don't notice a dirty windshield until it reaches the opaque stage, You keep adjusting to the slowly deteriorating view until suddenly you realize it needs to be cleaned. And wow, what a difference once you wash it! There are a lot of areas in life where the same process happens. We are blind to the small changes until something triggers our realization that an accumulation has occurred. One of the areas in life where this blindness happens is in our resume writing.
Here’s what happens to a resume after a while:
- changes of address or phone number forgotten
- promotions or training updates missed
- customizing one part for a particular job application
- skimming over stuff you already wrote because you know what you said
- references who no longer are available
All of these little things are like tiny spots on the windshield. Not hard to overlook, until you drive into the sunlight and realize you can’t see very well. Most of the time you can wash your windshield with the washer spray and wipers, but sometimes you need to get out and scrub. How does this apply to a resume?
If you are up to the task, a resume update certainly is something you can consider doing on your own, especially if you feel your writing skills on par. Don’t rush the job, save your work, and make sure you go over the changes after a break. Even professional resume writers will miss things, and that’s why proofreading is part of the process. Everybody makes mistakes, and the best of us will build in safeguards to catch those mistakes before submitting the final version.
If you are not sure how your resume can be improved, we offer a Resume Critique service that gives you a professional opinion and concrete suggestions for the price of a fancy dinner out on the town. That’s a good bargain! You will get the help you want on updating your resume, know that it is an impressive, professional showcase of your abilities, and get a good lesson in what to be aware of the next time you realize your resume needs to be cleaned up.