There is nothing worse than resuming old and just like old food, it has its place in the trash bin. Yes, you heard it right! One of the most common reasons your resume ends up in the trash is because it’s out of date. It still reflects your experience of working with Windows 7 when Windows 8 is already up and running! It also reflects very poorly when you mention in your covering letter that you have 7 years of work experience while the resume reflects only 5 years! Yes, you forgot to update your essential resume. With companies receiving hundreds of resumes for various positions, the HR executive will not review your resume more than once. So it is very important to keep your resume fresh and relevant.
An update at last
Start reviewing your resume from below. At the end, you should add any extra-curricular activities, workshops or seminars you must have attended.
Add skills and achievements
If you have changed jobs in a year, or had a promotion or horizontal transition in your role, don’t forget to mention it on your resume. Even if you have been in the same role for a year and a half, you must have managed several projects or taken on some additional responsibilities. Don’t forget to mention it.
Include professional activities
During the last update of your resume, you may have attended some certificates or professional degrees. Even if a certificate is not related to your area of work, but you have taken a language or animation course, don’t forget to mention the degree. You may also have been involved in some social work that is sure to add value to your resume.
Update the look of your resume
Just to give your resume a grimpy look, you can change or alter the look of your resume. If your resume format is still the same as it was 2 years ago, it can be considered outdated. At the same time make sure your resume is compatible in all current formats such as Text Only, Microsoft Word and PDF. Having a PDF format also gives the potential employer a hint that you’re a technically savvy candidate.
Save the keywords in the resume
There are many professions that have different designations but follow roughly the same profile. The difference lies only in the use of keywords. For example, the communications manager and the public relations manager have more or less the same roles to play. But go through the job profile in detail and make sure that the keywords currently used in the industry are on your resume while avoiding seemingly overused words. Alternatively, you can shape the language slightly to fit your desired keywords without making major profile changes.
Get rid of old content
Your resume should highlight current achievements and add skills and not what you learned when you were a beginner. Removing obsolete software or technologies, the need for which is now almost insignificant. If you have applied for a senior position, only one line of your highest grade will do it justice, so you might want to avoid writing the grades you got in high school!
Edit, re-edit and edit again
Read your article not once but several times. Edit and re-read it endlessly to make sure your resume is error free. If you feel the need to delete or add information, do it now and don’t let it be completed later. If necessary, you can also ask your friend to reread it yourself. Rewrite the sections needed to keep your reader interested and in this case it’s AD.