Now is the time to update your resume to get it in tip top shape for the new year. Don’t make this a resolution. If you’re looking for a new career take action now.
Why now? Many job hunters slow down their job search during the holiday season and companies often push off hiring until January. Take advantage of this time to plan out the updates to your resume.
5 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out
1: Review Your Most Recent Accomplishments. Got a new title? Make sure to add that. If you’ve taken on new responsibilities add them. If you’re having trouble remembering things to add, review your work emails and calendars. Look at which projects you worked on. Were they successful? Did they contribute to the company’s bottom line? If so, make sure they make it onto your resume.
2: Add metrics. The days of simply listing your job responsibilities on your resume are over. It’s time to update it with numbers and statistics that pack a punch. If you beat your sales quota by 20%, get it on the resume! Showing how you moved the needle for your company (or previous companies) will help you stand out.
3: Get feedback from a recruiter. You think you resume rocks, but does it for the audience that really matters – recruiters and hiring managers? Find a recruiter or hiring manger to review your resume. They see thousands in a year. They know what works. They can tell you what annoys. Ask for honest feedback and tell them you take their advice very seriously and will update your resume based on their recommendations. Then do it. Don’t know any recruiters? Reach out to your network on LinkedIn or social sites. Somebody you know will be able to connect you to a recruiter. Make the connection and then ask for help.
4: Create an online resume, website or portfolio. This is especially true if you are in certain fields like marketing, design, sales, and web development. No matter your career, an online website or portfolio is a way to enhance your personal brand and wow potential employers. You can show off your best work and have others sing your praises with recommendations, reviews and endorsements.
5: Make sure your LinkedIn profile and resume match. You will be researched online. Trust us. Don’t raise any red flags by having different titles or dates on your resume and your LinkedIn profile. After you finish updating your resume, use it to also update your LinkedIn profile.
Follow these tips to update your resume for the new year and you’ll soon be celebrating all the job interviews you land.Share this: