Updating Your Resume

As the year comes to a close, new opportunities await you in 2017! But, is your resume ready? Looking back at 2016, there is probably plenty of information that you could add to your resume to help you in the new year. Keeping your resume updated is always important, whether you are actively looking for a job or not. Here are some tips on how you should update your resume for 2017!

Choose Your Words Carefully

Sometimes writing about your job description at a past position can be difficult! It’s easy to hurry and type through the section to get your point across without stopping to think if the words you are using will be something that stands out to your potential employer. For example, instead of saying “helped customers find products,” you could say “assisted customers in finding the right product for them.” Some other words that look strong on a resume include; implemented, lobbied, maintained, motivated, recommended, redesigned, validated, utilized, strengthened and represented. 

Stand Out

Depending on what kind of position you are applying to, a creative looking resume can help you stand out among the other job candidates. Whether you find a cool template to use, or you simply add your photo to the top of the page, if your resume looks different than everyone else’s you will stand out to the employer. Remember to keep it simple, though. Don’t add too many different colors or fonts, and make sure it’s clearly organized and states all of the information that the employer will be looking for. 

Social Media

Social media links are very important these days. If you have one, include a link to your LinkedIn page! If you don’t have a LinkedIn… get one today! This allows your potential employer to look at more in depth information and endorsements that your fellow coworkers have given you. Nowadays, most employers will look up your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, so make sure that all of your posts are appropriate!

Updating your resume can be a daunting task if you don’t have a plan of action, so before you try to dive in, type out what you want to say and plan out what you would like to change on the document. Look at examples, use templates and really reach for something creative and strong. Finally, always remember to bring a paper copy of your resume to the interview, just in case! Get out there and update those resumes and make 2017 the best year yet!