I hope you’re having a good 2020 so far! One week down, hold strong to your goals and keep trucking along. If you are one that believes in the “New Year, New Me” propaganda, then you might as well feel the same way about updating your resume. 2020 is the year you reach your professional goals, and that starts with a resume refresh! Here are a few tips to get you started.
1. New Year, New Certifications
This year pick a new certification or skill to add to your resume refresh. Is there a new program you wanted to learn? Or perhaps something random, yet interesting you could add to your repertoire? Maybe not basket weaving, but CPR certification could be interesting. Lynda and SkillShare are both great websites for classes and new skills to pick up. They have everything from Photoshop to web development!
2. The Numbers Game
As I’ve said in previous blogs, it is fundamental that your resume highlights your skills and expertise in a quantifiable, tangible manner. Even if you don’t have exact numbers, properly showcasing your results is critical for the employer to understand just how much of a difference you could make. Percentages, hours, levels of improvement, or dollars saved are a great example of how to show quantifiable results.
3. New Keywords
Keywords are what help your resume get past automated gatekeepers and in front of the eyes of a real person. It helps an employer associate your experience with exactly what they’re looking for in the job description. Always remember to utilize the keywords you see in your industry and in the job, you’re applying for to help your resume stand out. And make sure to refresh those keywords in this new year in case new trends in the industry have come along that you should be familiar with or if there’s specific verbiage you should be applying your resume based on your industry.
4. Resume Face Lift
Perhaps it’s time for a new design of your one-pager pièce de résistance? Sometimes a new look can help give you a new outlook on the job search. Just keep in mind to never go too over the top, keep it to one page, and use an easily readable and scannable format. Here are a few designed templates to spark your imagination.
5. One More Look!
Last but not least, always, ALWAYS double check your work and have another set of eyes on your resume. You would be surprised by the number of small typos, formatting errors, or other things that can escape you when you’ve been working on the same document for hours. A reminder that a simple typo can get your resume thrown in the trash, and you’re better than that. Always double-check yourself.