Monday, January 24, 2011, AM | 2 Comments
Even if you have a good job and you don’t plan on looking for another job this year, experts advise to update your resume once every year if not twice. It’s a good practice. It will give you a better idea of what you have been working on. You could compare your achievements with your career goals.
It will also give you a good understanding of your weaknesses and your strengths. Human nature has it that knowing your strengths might be easier than looking for your weaknesses. Very few admit to their weaknesses. If you have been at your current job for sometime, you might want to change job, obviously for the better.
If you pick up your resume, I assume there are no gaps between your previous jobs, otherwise they would have been pointed out and asked questions about them before you got your current job. Your answer was satisfactory to your current employer but if you do have gaps, make sure you have refreshing answer for them.
Keep Resume Short
Keep your resume short and relevant. Avoid telling stories. Your prospective employer doesn’t have time to read an epic. They want the facts in an easily digestible format.
Last Job Description Comes First On Resume
Last come first serve. Put description for recent projects near the start of your resume. Work backwards in time.
Use bullet points for some of your highlights – easier to read and digest.
Recent Relevant Experience
Include experience that is relevant to the job you are applying for. It may help convince your prospective employer that you are better suited for the job.
Even though an image is worth a thousand words, but it is discouraged on the resume. Unless you are applying for a graphic design position, don’t make your resume look like it was designed by a graphic designer.
In a Nutshell
A resume can best get you in an interview. It cannot get you the job you are applying for. That’s what you have to do in an interview – face-to-face.