The job market can be a volatile place at times with many acquisitions of companies and layoffs. It’s hard to predict when these things can happen. The transition from employment to job search comes as a surprise. If your resume is up to date, you can quickly kickoff your much-needed job search.
Update your resume when you start a new job (keeping it current). Even if it’s a new position with the same employer. Your responsibilities may have changed or have completed a class and received a certification. Or maybe you went back to college and earned another degree. Regardless of the changes, it’s essential to always keep your resume up to date.
Give your resume a lookover before starting to make edits
- Update your education, if you received a degree with a title, add that behind your name. You earned it!
- Update your work history and responsibilities
- Revise your summary since your career goal may have changed
- Update any new skills – bullet point your most important accomplishments
Always start with your most current work history
Be sure to include these key details for each position on your resume:
- Your position title
- Employer’s name
- Dates worked for that employer (i.e. Jan 2010 – March 2018)
- A short summary of job duties and bullet points of your specific skills
- Provide relevant statistics, such as increasing efficiencies or decreasing defects
Be concise, including too much information is a typical mistake and employers are generally interested in the last 10-15 years. And speaking of adding too much information, never include your salary details. By doing so, you may be filtering yourself out of consideration if you’re too expensive.
Use easy-to-read font and don’t use italics as they are hard to read. However, bolding your job title and employer is acceptable. Print out a copy of your resume first to see how it looks before you send it out.
Beat the ATS
Larger companies do not have time to read every resume, so they use an applicant tracking system ATS to do it for them. They scan for keywords, so most resumes are eliminated if they are missing vital words or phrases. Normally, about 75% of resumes are eliminated even before a human sees them.
Have someone else proofread it for you for spelling errors and grammar. Having a bunch of typos and misspellings is an easy way to rule yourself out of consideration.
Work with a recruiter
If you want to ensure your resume gets into the hands of a hiring manager, work with a Johnson Search Group recruiter. We have great relationships with our clients’ hiring managers and human resources professionals. When we submit you for a job opportunity, we always do a write up on you highlighting your background, skills, and experiences that the employer is looking for. We will get them excited about you and help them schedule your interview.
Good Luck and remember when a recruiter gives you a call, hear them out! They may have the opportunity you’ve just been looking for!