At times, life comes at you fast with a history of new relationships, experiences, and jobs. We tend to look ahead and hope for the best for the future, however, we'd like to chat about the importance of history, and more specifically, the history listed on your resume.
Resumes come in many different forms in terms of length, design, format, and content. While some may refer to the traditional chronological order of resumes, there are some that prefer to list their resume experience in order of what's most relatable to the specific job.
The number of years you have been in the workforce aren't as important as the content and how the resume is structured. We often downplay the power of resumes, as they sometimes have the power to push you forward to your dream job, or hold you back from reaching your greatest potential.
When it comes to resumes, timing is everything in terms of updating.
Below is a list of situations when to update your resume:
When you get a new position
When you get a promotion
After be awarded for completing and succeeding at a major project
After earning a new certification
After mastering a new skill
If general updates on the format is needed
The perfect resume may not exist, but the combination of a few strategies may bring about the perfect formula to earn you a top spot in the hiring process. When updating your resume, focus on your most important skills, achievements, and what you’ve learned from each project for each role.
Resumes have strategies and it is essential to be intentional as you edit and update for each new role you're applying to. On average recruiters spend seconds glancing over your resume to scan for keywords and titles before reading the content under each position. It is important to know which information to prioritize.
Below is a list of items to prioritize on your resume:
Decide on chronological order or function. Chronological resumes list information in order from most recent to previous experience. Functional resumes list information based on relevance.
Resume formats vary, as well as design. When designing a resume and adding color, be sure the resume remains consistent and professional by avoiding whimsical and chaotic graphics.
Grammar and Spelling
Typos on resumes may not make or break your chances of getting a job, but they do tend to attest to how closely you pay attention to detail and usually aren't ignored.
Be sure to include information that pertains to the needs of the job position. For positions requiring technical skills, be sure to list information under each description that corresponds to how you may have used the technical skills needed to accomplish the job.
List all relevant skills and be sure to incorporate the skills into your experience listed under each position. Describe how you used these skills to complete a project.
The best part about resumes is that they come in all types of forms depending on the industry and job description. You can be as creative or traditional as possible depending on the context of the job you're applying to. No matter the format, design, or structure of your resume, always be sure that content relates directly to the needs of the company.
For assistance with resumes, schedule a discovery call with our Career Specialist today!