Resume updating tips
Instead, think about what you do each day through a few different lenses.Are there things people wouldn’t know from your job title?If you need to brush up on tech skills and aren’t sure what to highlight, try this: Instead of dating yourself with lines like “proficient in Excel,” try talking about your experience in data analysis.Or take a Skillcrush class, and add tech project management, user experience, HTML, CSS, Java Script and more.If you’ve been out of college for a couple years (as we’ll assume you have, since you’re worried about being outdated), there’s no need to add your graduation year.It allows potential employers to date you (and judge you based on your age) before they’ve gotten an unbiased sense of your experience and qualifications. Instead of calling yourself names, try talking about what you do.
Well, it’s time to open that old document, save it under a new name, and get typing. A good starting point is to remember how you were just pitching yourself to person you impressed.I had spent hours crafting a zazzy, playful, and most importantly, CURRENT resumé. There was a time and a place for quirky phrasing, but maybe this wasn’t it. You may have been class president in high school, but that’s not as important as the presentation you gave last week. She didn’t want to be harsh, but…maybe colors and fonts and boxes weren’t portraying me as professional? I didn’t need wild font choices, and I didn’t need to “revolutionize” the resumé format with visuals. Update your resumé to cover only the last 10-15 years.Instead, list full years: 2005 – 2008 instead of May 2005 – June 2008. After a few years of work, your recent experience is more relevant than your major or your GPA, and you want your work to be the first thing potential employers see.Unless you’re a recent grad, GPAs aren’t applicable to most job search settings.
Look, times have changed since we wrote our first resumés, but words still trump pictures in the world of job searches.