Whether it’s because of technology or cultural shifts, recruitment and hiring are changing. One thing that hasn’t lost its importance or changed as part of a successful job search is a resume. Many things go into creating an effective resume, particularly as more companies use applicant tracking software to screen candidates. If you’re looking for a job, it’s important to update your resume, but most people just add their most recent experience or any new certifications without considering the rest of the document. Here’s how to give your entire CV a refresh.
Consider the format.
Most resumes are scanned by automated software that’s looking for keywords more than anything, but once your resume makes it past that step and lands on a hiring manager’s desk, you’ll want to make sure that it stands out to anyone reviewing it. It’s not necessary to create an ultra-designed resume (in fact, sometimes this makes it harder for ATS programs to scan it and could end up with systems rejecting your resume). It is, however, a good idea to make sure that things are consistent, such as bullet points all formatted the same, punctuation used consistently, etc. Small changes can make a big difference, too. Using a different font or moving your sections around might help you create a more effective resume that will help you get noticed.
Pay attention to keywords.
One of the most important things to include when updating your resume is correct keywords. Take a look at the position you’re applying to and align how you talk about your experience and job history with how they talk about the skills needed and expectations of the role they’re hiring for. This sometimes means customizing or tweaking your resume slightly before sending it off to each position, but these small edits can make a big difference in helping you get your foot in the door.
You don’t have to include everything – except when you do.
Updating or refreshing your resume is a good time to evaluate if all the experience or information listed is really helping you or necessary. Depending on your career goals and your career length, you might not need to include your high school jobs and other past employee histories. Since delivering a concise resume continues to be important for job seekers, eliminating these will give you more room to expand on the experiences you have that work to support the fact that you’re qualified for the role you’re applying to. Including all relevant details from these positions is key in helping you find your next one.
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