A new season has begun, and the excitement of Summer is all around. Many people use this time of year to catch up on unfinished projects, cleaning, and preparing for the next half of the year. It is also a good time of year to dust off your resume. Why is this important? Keeping your resume up to date is so important, especially if you are unexpectedly laid-off or decide to look for another job. It takes a bit of time to reflect on your work experience, compile metrics and accomplishments, and then write it in a way that portrays you as the best candidate for potential jobs! Whew, that’s a lot – especially if you get caught in a situation where time is of the essence. Here are a few tips about how you can dust of that good ‘ol resume:

  • Update your work history to reflect your current position, including any type of promotion you’ve received thus far.
  • Add any new certifications, awards or accolades you’ve received.
  • Confirm that your contact information (e-mail address, phone number, and home address) are still accurate. You’d be surprised about how many people forget to update this!
  • Proofread your resume for any typos and confirm your dates of employment are accurate.
  • If you don’t have an “Objective” section at the top of your resume, consider writing one. Mention a few of your attributes and skills and discuss the type of job you are currently seeking. For example, if you are solely looking for part-time or hybrid work, this is the place to make note of that.
  • Confirm that your Linkedin profile and/or profiles on job boards such as Careerbuilder, Indeed and Monster are mirror images of each other. Your resume should be nearly identical to your profiles and contain the same contact information.

These are just a few suggestions of how you can keep your resume fresh and up to date. It can be a daunting task to rush and update your resume if the rug gets pulled out from underneath you unexpectedly. The biggest takeaway is to add your most recent experience and accomplishments, confirm your contact information is still correct, and have your resume ready to go if you need it. Happy Spring Cleaning!

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