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5 Reasons to Update Your Resume

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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 executive Recruiter 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).

Reason # 2 – Everyone Loves a New resume

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.

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Reason # 3 – No Action, No Traction

Action words and keywords are still incredibly important to your job search process. 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.

Understanding the Importance of Keywords in Your Job Search – Here it is, why keywords are important, and how they impact your job search.

Reason # 4 – Format, Format Format

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.

5 Steps to a Great Resume – Formats – This article will step you through the process of re-formatting your resume.

Reason # 5 – Can You Hear Me Now?

If your resume has been out there for a while and you are not getting any hits, chances are your resume needs a refresh.

4 Ways to Catch the Hiring Manager’s Attention with Your Resume – You know the “5-second rule” for dropping food on the floor? Well, there is a “30-second rule” for when a reader loses interest in your resume. Ensure you know what you need to do to get the hiring manager’s attention.

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