Do you have an out of date resume that needs some aesthetic appeal? It is very important that you keep your resume in tip top shape at all times, and the way that it looks and reads can be just as important as the content. Below are a few tips to make the updating process a bit easier.
- The first tip is the most obvious. Keep the content of your resume up to date. Eliminate things that you are no longer interested in or that are not relevant to your current job search. Add any skills or qualifications that you have acquired since you last updated your resume. Be sure to update your contact information as well, if it has changed
- Study up on the latest keywords for the field to which you are applying. Be sure to incorporate these into the body of your resume.
- Review your objective statement and make sure that it still applies. If not, see our tips on Writing a Resume Objective for advice.
- Update the previous employment section of your resume. Generally, you want to include your past three employment positions, so make sure that this is accurate. You can leave out previous jobs if they are completely irrelevant and will not help your resume in any way.
- References are an important part of any resume. Make sure that your references are still relevant and that the contact information provided is up to date.
- Color is a new trend in the contemporary resume. Try bringing your resume up to the minute with the introduction of a sophisticated or bright, eye catching color. Underscores that separate your contact information from the body of your resume and the body from the conclusion or references section are a great place for color. Also, if you have a personal logo, include it in a corner of your resume. You can even create one using your initials. This will add interest and make your resume memorable.
- One of the most important things to consider is the organizational style of your resume. While the chronological style is the most used and more traditional style, there are three others to consider as well; functional, targeted and combination. The functional resume organizes your resume into skill sets and functional groups rather than chronologically. The targeted resume chooses a focus and relates all content back to that topic. The combination resume utilizes parts and pieces of each in a way that is appropriate for that particular resume.
The style of your resume is very important, so we hope that these tips have helped bring your resume up to par. If you need assistance with constructing or updating your resume, remember the professional services of Real Resume Help.
Image credit: algarner.com