Updating your resume

Published 9:47 am Monday, June 16, 2014

If you’re in the process of looking for a new job, it’s a good chance you’re battling the market against an entire slew of fresh meat who are armed with box fresh college degrees.

Especially in the season after graduation, it’s important to stand out from the crowd and show your potential employer, not only that you have what it takes, but that you are, in fact, the best person for the job.

There are several ways to show your individuality in the job market, but it does take some self-awareness in how you present yourself on paper.

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Most people think of their resume as being one document uniquely representing who they are, which is then printed in bulk and passed out to every hiring manager in the region.

This is a good example of how to not get the job you want.

It’s important to create a master resume to hold all of your usable work information. Your master document will generally stay the same. However, as you apply for new jobs, you’ll create a new document formatted specifically for each position.

When crafting your resume, think about your best qualities and how to sell them, but be honest.

No false advertising.

Show your accomplishments rather than responsibilities. Your achievements are what set you apart from other candidates with similar work histories.

Keep things brief. When you get the interview, you can go into greater detail, but keep your resume to a minimum and never more than two pages.

Remove older and non-relevant positions.

Consider using a universal file format. Word documents might be acceptable, but such documents can become encoded in the uploading process or won’t be readable if the hiring manager has a different version of Word than you. Consider uploading your resume as a PDF or plain text and they will be less likely to become scrambled.