How long has it been since you last updated your resume? few months? Years? During your last job search? If you haven’t looked at your resume in a while, it probably needs some good TLC.
For every professional, not just job seekers, it is important to update your resume regularly. Jobs take unexpected turns. You always want to be prepared in case you suddenly need to find a new job. Remember that every job is temporary. You don’t want to waste time bringing your resume back from death when you should be focusing on applying for new jobs.
If you have spiderwebs on your resume, here are three ways to bring your resume back to life so you can get more job interviews and land a job.
1. Optimize Your Resume With Keywords
For your resume to actually reach the hiring manager, it must go beyond the ATS. Optimizing your resume with keywords is the best way to achieve this. And you can’t properly improve your resume if you don’t tailor it to every job you apply for.
Look at the job description before customizing your resume for the job you’re applying for. Most job seekers do not realize that they may lose job opportunities if they fail to do so. You need to customize your resume for each job you apply for, because you need to go beyond your ATS resume, which is only possible if you have the right type (and amount) of keywords on your resume. Personalizing your resume means that you include keywords from a specific job description to give yourself a better chance of getting a job interview for that specific position.
After reading the job description, choose the specific skills, techniques, and terms that the employer mentions in the job posting and add them to your resume if they match your experience and qualifications. If the ATS reads your resume and sees that it contains enough keywords that the employer is looking for, you will “pass” as qualified for the position and your resume will not be neglected. You will not be disqualified from the hiring process because you will be considered a qualified candidate for the job at first glance. An unimproved, lifeless resume won’t get you that far.
2. Update your layout
Nothing makes it more difficult for hiring managers to get the information they need from your resume than the old, inconsistent format. It may not have been long since you updated the content on your resume. But, when was the last time you updated your resume format? Did you just add more and more texts to it? Moving clips and dots around? Extend margins so that everything fits on one page?
If you really want hiring managers to read your resume, you need to make it readable. This means making sure you’re using a simple resume format and a clean font like Arial or Calibri. It also means making sure there is enough white space so you don’t confuse the reader. If you’re stretching the margins and trying to cram everything into one page, your resume probably doesn’t have enough white space. Use bullet points and one-inch margins to avoid large blocks of text that hiring managers will override. You want to make it easy for hiring managers and recruiters to see your value. Don’t make it difficult for them to see your skills and your accomplishments.
By using an outdated resume format, you also risk looking outdated and out of date, which won’t help your case if you’re really concerned about age discrimination. Therefore, one of the best ways to bring your resume back to life is simply by updating your format.
3. Add numbers to your bullet points
What’s the point of updating your resume if it doesn’t show what you’ve accomplished since the last time you updated it? Take a look at your resume in its current state. Do all your bullet points contain numbers? Do you have measurable achievements that prove that you are saving or generating profits for companies? If not, your resume still contains some cobwebs. You still have some updating to do.
Bring your resume to life by outlining your work experience. Add numbers to each point in the “Work History” section of your resume. Think about what you have accomplished at work. Think of your service as a single business. what is your specialty? Are you getting results? What have you accomplished that proves that you are a valuable employee? If you can’t select something, it doesn’t belong on your resume.
Including numbers on your resume not only shows hiring managers what you can do, but they also help your resume stand out from the competition. They give hiring managers something tangible to measure your success and potential. If there’s one thing that can bring your resume to life, it’s quantifiable information.
Need more help bringing your resume to life?
An updated, curated, and improved CV is the best way to market yourself to employers and stand out in the first step of the hiring process. If employers can’t figure out exactly where and how you add value, it will reduce your chances of getting an interview.
Fortunately, you can learn how to create a custom strategic resume that goes beyond ATS and impresses hiring managers with this Resume Plan course!
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