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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. Working with an executive Recruiter who helped me redraft my resume over a very painful 4 days, I wound up with an amazing resume. An important lesson to be learned – listen to the people who are out there every day with an open mind.

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 online get more attention.

Reason # 3 – No Action, No Traction – Action words and keywords are still the name of the game. 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.

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, 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.

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.

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