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REFRESH YOUR RESUME, REFRESH YOUR JOB PROSPECTS

Date: 21/08/2013

t's finally a new year and you've more likely just returned back to your job or are looking around for an alternative role. On that note, have you ever thought about refreshing your resume? This is your chance to rejuvenate and fall back in love with your career and ensure you look your best on paper to start the new year.

It also may be your time to change  jobs, go for a promotion or move across your organisation. Regardless of your intentions,  it's guaranteed that your resume needs some work in order to make you stand out. 


WHY YOU SHOULD REFRESH YOUR RESUME

1. Over the last year or two you surely did pick up some new skills in your current or former employment. Since you proved that you are a loyal employee, chances are your boss trusted you with more responsibilities or gave you the opportunity to try out new tasks to see if you could perform. Also make note of these and categorise them on your resume.

2. There is chance that anytime this year, a new job could pop up in your own organisation or in another organisation and that job meets your new salary requirements, gives you the chance to work closer to home or meets your true passions. Therefore you need to make sure that your resume is ready to go.

WAYS THAT YOU CAN REFRESH YOUR RESUME

 

Ensure that your resume clearly and immediately states your career goal with a brief descriptive headline or career objective section. Adding your interest to why you wish to achieve this goal is essential as it will help clarify exactly what kind of job you are looking for. 

 

Make sure your resume reflects relevant keywords. Review current job advertisements in your career field and customise your resume with these specific words to make your resume role focused.


Include metrics in your resume to indicate to employers how good you are or were in achieving certain goals in your jobs. For example mention the number of people you supervised, if you achieved any financial goals for your company or include your major achievements.


 

Make sure your most recent job is at the top of your career history section. Add your new skills you've developed.


Cut out irrelevant details which don't suit your current career goal. Cut down older jobs and make sure details like

 the job title, dates employed and the employer along with the city and state are included. Be specific on your current duties to show an employer what you are or could be responsible for in the future should they wish to engage you. 


 

Also consider creating multiple resumes to attract individual job roles. By doing this, you are showing an interest in one specific job role and this will demonstrate to employers that you are not just applying for "any job".

 This will give potential employers a much better idea of whether you are a good fit for their particular job.


 

 Proofread your resume carefully to ensure it is error-free. Check your personal details are up to date and make sure it has no spelling, grammatical or punctuation mistakes.