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A job seeker fills out an application during a career fair.
A job seeker fills out an application during a career fair.
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Did you know that most resume challenges can be solved with simple tweaks? Here are a few common resume concerns and how to correct them:

  • Outdated Qualifications: Outdated qualifications are a common concern for anyone who has been out of the workplace for a while. If this is your situation, you can effectively deal with this by enrolling in a relevant course to update your skills. We are in a time when education is free to anyone who seeks it out as evidenced by multiple platforms available to assist with learning anything! Remember that employers want to hire those who are trained to solve specific problems using the latest-and-greatest technology. In order to compete, you must be sure that your certifications are up-to-date.
  • Employment Gaps: Rather it be a 6-month gap or 10-year gap, the key is to use a resume format that highlights your best skills for an employer first. A combination resume, which showcases your entire work history in skillsets positioned before listing your positions with dates, will allow you to grab the employer’s attention with your skills first. Keep in mind, with the combination resume, your work history will still be visible, but it will be one of the last things they will see, as opposed to the first thing. Positioning your experience in this way will give you a stronger chance for a 2nd glance.
  • Volunteer History: Another common concern deals with how to list volunteer history on a resume. I recommend listing volunteer work history in the same category as paid work if it is relevant to the position you are applying for. Volunteer experience can be an asset and should not be disregarded as it can assist with obtaining valuable skills for your next opportunity.

Review your resume today to address what may be a concern to your next employer. You'll be happy that you did!