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Tips for How to Keep Your Resume Fresh

Tips for How to Keep Your Resume Fresh

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  • 1. ResumeWritingHow to Keep your Resume Fresh Information from www.resumetarget.com All photos courtesy of www.sxc.hu
  • 2. #1 Replace your objectivestatement with a value proposition What is your branding statement?
  • 3. As the times change, resume writingstyles change
  • 4. What once was the objectivestatement is now consideredobsolete.
  • 5. Here is an example of aboring, uninspiring objectivestatement…circa 1990…“Creative marketing professionalseeks a position within anorganization that will allow me toutilize my skills with the potential forgrowth.”
  • 6. Here is an example of a powerful value proposition, taken from a sales consultant’s resume…“Our clients grow their business, large orsmall, typically by a minimum of 30-50%over the previous year. They accomplishthis without working 80 hour weeks andsacrificing their personal lives.” -Sales consultant via www.about.com -
  • 7. Employer’s can’t resist callingcandidates who can articulate realvalue in a short paragraph.
  • 8. #2Review old entries inyour resume What’s on your resume?
  • 9. There are entries in your resume that may not be relevant anymore…
  • 10. …so you should remove these.
  • 11. For example,
  • 12. outdated technical skills…
  • 13. …or even old jobs from a fewdecades ago…
  • 14. …need to be removed andreplaced with newer and morerelevant entries.
  • 15. Also, don’t go past 10 yearsof experience unless it’srelevant to your job.
  • 16. #3 Add new skills,accomplishments,certifications, job responsibilities, and positions you’ve acquired Revise, revise, revise…
  • 17. Make a list of all the significantchanges that have happened inyour professional career duringthe past year.
  • 18. Pick items that are significantand important to further yourprofessional goals and includethem in your resume.
  • 19. Even ifyou are inthe sameposition aslast year…
  • 20. …Im sure you’ve acquiredsome new skills oraccountabilities so make sureyou include these.
  • 21. #4Use updated key words What’s your specialization?
  • 22. Keywords are like triggers…
  • 23. …for hiring managers andprospective employers to readyour resume and consider youfor the position.
  • 24. Make sure you preciselyincorporate these into yourresume.
  • 25. Use a thesaurus…
  • 26. …to add synonyms andantonyms if you can’t come upwith the right word.
  • 27. #5Tweak your resume format Better present the resume’s information…
  • 28. If you feel that the format of yourresume is outdated,
  • 29. …youmaywant totweak it.
  • 30. The most important andrelevant information is found…
  • 31. …in the top one-third of thefirst page…
  • 32. …and the bottom one-third ofthe last page.
  • 33. #6Proofread your resume: Use a spell-check Again, again, and again… Oh, and again…
  • 34. Once again,
  • 35. …after you have made all thenecessary corrections…
  • 36. …and did all the revisions andupdates,
  • 37. …you still need to proofreadit…
  • 38. …Again!
  • 39. An updated resume will notonly give you the edge overother applicants…
  • 40. …but it alsofocusesyourperspectiveon the areasyou haveexcelled…
  • 41. …and those that need to beimproved.
  • 42. You neverknow whenopportunitiescomeknocking atyour door soit pays to beready.
  • 43. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather ” a lack of will. -Vince Lambardi
  • 44. TheEnd