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One of the things that I’ve always been proud of is my resume. I thought I had the best format, amazing content, all of the “hot” keywords, and the ideal number of pages. And you know what? I was wrong. I worked with an executiveRecruiter who helped me redraft my resume over a very painful 4 days. At the end of this process, I wound up with an amazing resume. An important lesson to be learned – keep an open mind with the people who are out there in the real world every day.
Reason # 1 – It’s been more than 3 months
If you’ve ever had to update your resume after 6 or more months, you will know what I’m talking about. Your resume should be current and relevant, reflecting your accomplishments (which are sometimes hard to remember if too much time has passed).
Many job search sites push new or changed resumes to the top of searches done by recruiters (internal and external). The view is to take the newest resumes, not stale or older resumes. Sometimes just changing a word or two is all it takes to have your resume get more attention.
Action words and keywords are still incredibly important to your job searchprocess. With millions of resumes on the Internet, recruiters do not have time to read everything. They are drawn to specific words (and the words differ depending on the job). Many recruiters and hiring companies use resume scanning technology to identify resumes that are the best fit. Add the keywords that will draw interest in your resume.
There are probably thousands of resume formats out there and you could spend weeks looking for the “right” format. That being said, your resume’s format is important. Readers will not spend much time reading if they are not drawn in. What format is right for you? Take a look at resume samples for your industry or functional background.