When you’re trying to land a new job, it’s wise to update your resume before every submission to align it with the position. While that’s common advice, many professionals aren’t sure precisely what they need to change. As a result, they may overlook critical adjustments or forgo making any updates, harming their chances of landing the job.
In most cases, there are specific changes you’ll want to make to your resume during your job search. Here are just a few updates you’ll want to consider.
If you haven’t updated your resume in several years, you may need to update the formatting to ensure it aligns with current trends. For example, remove objective statements in favor of professional summaries. After that, have a concise skills section where you can list critical capabilities in a series of short bullet points. Then, move into your work history, followed by your education and training credentials.
When you review a job ad, the skills at the top of the must-have list are typically priorities for the hiring manager. Since that’s the case, you’ll want to position those near the top of your resume. Update your professional summary to include the first one on the list. Additionally, change the order of the capabilities in your skills section to ensure those the hiring manager is after are near the beginning.
If the job ad refers to a skill or trait using specific terminology or acronyms, then you need to make sure you use the same approach. That increases your odds of getting through an automated screening, increasing your chances of landing an interview.
Order of Bullet Points
Most professionals use bullet points to separate out individual skills and achievements. Since you want to focus on relevancy, one update you’ll want to make is reordering those points to align with the job ad.
Make sure accomplishments or skills that address prominently features requirements in the vacancy announcement appear first in their respective lists. If any particular achievement of capability isn’t relevant to the role, you may want to remove it entirely. Then, replace it with another that aligns with the position, ensuring your resume is as impactful as possible.
Work History Entries
Generally speaking, your resume should cover no more than 10 to 15 years of your work history. If you have positions listed that are older than that – particularly if they aren’t incredibly relevant to the job you’re trying to land – consider removing them. That leads to a highly focused resume, where every detail is pertinent.
However, if removing the old jobs leaves your resume looking sparse, you could leave them in place. Just make sure to reduce their presence as much as possible, focusing more heavily on recent roles. Additionally, update, remove, replace, or rephrase any content to ensure relevancy.
Ultimately, by updating your resume in the areas above, you can make sure the content showcases you in the best light. If you’d like to find out more, the staff at The Squires Group can help. Contact us today.