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10 Easy Tips for Updating Your Resume

You’re about to apply for a new job. Whether you’re applying for a new position in your current company or trying to find something completely new, you’ll need an updated resume that wows the hiring manager. If you haven’t updated your resume in a while, it can be intimidating. Where do you start?

Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to take long to update your resume and get it in tip-top shape! Just check out these 10 easy tips.

1. Remove Older Jobs

If you’ve been working for a few years (okay, like 10 to 15), you probably have quite a few jobs on your resume that aren’t completely relevant to the job you’re applying to.

It can be scary to remove old jobs, but do you really need to share that camp counselor job you had the summer before your senior year of high school? Probably not. So, go ahead and remove older jobs, especially if they aren’t relevant to your current career path.

2. Add New Skills & Courses

There’s a good chance you’ve picked up some new skills or taken a continuing education class (or two) since you last updated your resume. Don’t forget to add that information to your resume.

While you’re at it, feel free to remove some skills, too. You can remove skills that you don’t need in your current and future jobs. And, you can probably remove things like “Proficient in Microsoft Office”, since that’s pretty much expected in an office situation.

3. Add Your Current Job

This might sound like a no-brainer, but don’t forget to add your current or most recent job to your resume. It should be easy to write the description, too, since you know exactly what you do every day.

4. Make It Easier to Skim

Okay, let’s be honest – most hiring managers won’t read through your resume with a fine-toothed comb. Instead, they’re going to skim it to make sure you mention some keywords and have enough experience.

You can make it easier to skim by switching from paragraphs to bullets.

5. Make It Obvious that It Belongs to You

Since you’re making all these changes, don’t forget to save your updated resume!

But, how do you have it saved? If you have it called resume.docx, you’re going to have a hard time. The person you’re sending it to is getting quite a few resumes, so make it obvious it’s yours. Name it something like firstnamelastname-resume.docx instead.

Since we’re talking about saving your resume, let’s talk about file type for a second.

If the job posting doesn’t specifically tell you to submit your resume as a Microsoft Word document, consider sending it as a PDF file. If you send your resume as a PDF, you’ll know it looks exactly the way you intended it to, no matter what.

6. Doublecheck Your Contact Information

Make sure to double and triple-check your contact information. Make sure your phone number is correct, your email address is spelled correctly, and your current address is listed. If you have links to any social media profiles, click on them to make sure the links take you to the right place.

7. Move School Information to the Bottom

How long has it been since you were in school? How many jobs have you had since you graduated?

If you’ve been out of school for a few years, and if it’s not your first job after graduating, move your school information to the very bottom of your resume. That way, your most current and relevant information is at the very top of your resume.

8. Edit, Edit, and Edit Some More. Then, Show Your Mom

Typos happen. Mistakes happen. Sometimes, I type 2012 instead of 2018. But, do you know where mistakes and typos should not happen? That’s right – on your resume.

Carefully read through your resume and make sure there aren’t any mistakes. How embarrassing would it be if you told the hiring manager you’re detail-oriented, then had a typo on your resume?

After you’ve proofread your resume, give it to your mom (or someone else you trust to be completely honest with you) and ask them to read it, too. They’ll see mistakes you didn’t catch. Plus, they can point out if something should be rewritten or removed.

9. Trim It Down

Unless you’ve been working in your chosen career field for a long time, try to keep your resume to about one page. I know, I know, that sounds impossible! But, it’s not. This is where removing those irrelevant jobs and skills comes in handy.

10. Update Your LinkedIn

Now that your resume is perfect, don’t forget to update your LinkedIn profile. You’ll want to make sure it includes your current job and any new skills because there’s a good chance the hiring manager will find your profile.