Always keeping your resume updated is an important career task that many people neglect. Not only could it help if you need it suddenly, but by keeping it ready-to-go, you will avoid the stress and time of having to do it when you do need it.
Here’s are 10 tips to consider while updating your resume.
- Customize your resume for each job you apply for. It’s okay to have a general resume template, but make sure you are highlighting the skills and experiences that are most relevant to the specific job you are applying for.
- Include any relevant coursework or certifications.
- If you have limited work experience, consider including relevant volunteer work or internships on your resume.
- Keep your resume up to date. Make sure to add any new experiences or achievements as they happen.
- Use a professional-sounding email address for your resume. Avoid using cutesy or unprofessional email addresses.
- Consider including a section on your resume for hobbies or interests, but only if they are relevant to the job you are applying for.
- Use a consistent format throughout your resume. For example, if you use bullet points for one job, use bullet points for all of your jobs.
- Don’t include personal information on your resume, such as your age, marital status, or political views.
- Consider including a link to your LinkedIn profile or other professional social media accounts. This can give employers a more comprehensive view of your professional experiences and skills.
- Save your resume as a PDF to ensure that it looks the same on all devices and can’t be easily edited by someone else.
If you haven’t read our last 10 Tips to Update Your Resume, be sure to check it out as well.