Top 5 Things to Update on Your Resume to Get Hired Quickly
If you had a choice between updating your resume and binge watching on Netflix, what Netflix series would you choose?
‘Yay, time to update my resume!’, said no one ever. Even the thought of updating your resume can be enough to put your mind’s procrastination engine into overdrive.
Whether you are actively looking for a job or not, you should always keep your resume updated as a working professional. This holds true even if work is going well in your current job and you have no intention of moving any time soon. If you don’t do this exercise frequently then you would probably take much longer to update your resume all at once. Also, it’s easy to overlook achievements when you do things in a rush.
In this post, we give you a list of Top 5 things that you need to update on your resume to get it in shape and get hired. Let’s get started!
Top 5 things you need to update on your resume
1. Start at the top
Check your name and contact details for any changes that may have occurred since the last time you updated the resume. Most of the times applicants move to new locations, get new contact numbers and forget to update this section. So, maybe you got a new phone number? Or relocated to a new address? Or changed your email ID? Go through these basic details and see that these are up-to-date.
2. New positions and current role
If the last time you updated your resume was during your last job search, chances are that you haven’t updated your current job in the resume. You should always keep the tone consistent throughout your resume and any new bullet points need to look consistent with the older ones.
You should add the job titles and organisation name in the same format throughout the resume. Nothing looks more unprofessional than inconsistent job titles and starting-ending dates in a resume
Important thing to note is that your current job position can be in the present tense, while all your past job positions should always be in past tense. If you have been promoted, highlight the fact and use past tense for the achievements listed in your old job title.
3. Profile summary
While you crafted a perfect profile summary for your last interview, things must have changed for good between then and now. This needs to reflect in your profile summary as well. You should incorporate your current achievements in your profile summary to highlight your growth to the hiring manager. An outdated profile summary won’t serve any purpose if it lists everything that you achieved 5 years ago. Be relevant and recent.
Your career summary should reflect your personal career brand that you have crafted over the years. Think of your profile summary as the real estate to showcase your personal brand on your resume. Make it crisp to stand out and grab attention of hiring manager. You should create resume summary in a way that makes the hiring manager curious to learn more about you.
4. Skills & Education section
You must have gained some skills since the last time you updated your resume. Perhaps you attended an employer sponsored training program or an online certification course? Update these details in the resume and be precise about what you write. If you have only taken a one-day workshop on MS Excel, ideally you should avoid putting up “Advanced MS Excel” as a skill on your resume. Be authentic and don’t over claim.
The interviewer would be mightily impressed if you can show that you applied your training program learning to business situations.
Always mention your academic degree, duration of program, university attended and its location in reverse chronological order on your resume. Also, with 5-7 years of work experience, its fine to skip mentioning undergraduate GPA or college internship on the resume. If you have obtained an MBA or a Master’s degree in the recent times, highlight it to show the skills you have gained that will help you succeed at the job you’re applying.
Ideally, your resume should be one-page in length and never exceed two pages. The second page on resume seldom gets same attention as the first page.
As you grow in experience, try to prioritize your achievements from your previous jobs. Try to limit anything older than 3 years to maximum two bullet points. You should always have more things to talk about from your current role and the interviewers are interested in knowing it as well. Use the prime real estate in your resume to talk about what you have done in last 1-2 years including any hard or soft skills that you have picked up.
You should always use easy to read professional fonts like Times New Roman or Calibri (11 point at least). It’s advisable to break up your resume into clear sections with highlights to add emphasis in your resume. A recruiter has only 6 seconds to go through your resume at first glance. It’s your job to grab their attention and get a call for the interview.
Updating your resume requires certain degree of unbiased thinking that helps you to let-go of your favorite bullet points. Whenever possible you should email your resume directly to the recruiter or hiring manager for better chances of interview call. Take a look at our Top 5 email subject lines to use in job application.
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Good luck with job search!