How to Most Effectively Update Your Resume

How to Most Effectively Update Your Resume

September is dedicated to taking time out of your day and updating your resume. A resume is one of the first things employers look at when searching for potential hires. Keeping up to date with your experience and skills will show hiring managers that you’re on top of things. Submitting new and improved resumes shows that you’re staying up-to-date with the latest trends in your industry, learning new skills, and moving forward in your career path. Here are some things to keep in mind while updating your resume.

Update Your Design

The design of the resume isn’t necessarily what an employer is focusing on, but making it eye-appealing is a huge plus for you. Stick with neutral colors if you want to add some color to your resume. To make the layout look neat, make sure you have 1” margins on all sides and use font sizes between 10-12. Fonts like Arial, Georgia, and Times New Roman are standard for resumes.

Label Every Section

Organization is a great skill to have and showing it on your resume will go a long way. Label each section accordingly: “Work Experience”, “Skills”, and “Education”, and you can even put a section about what you’re certified in. If you’re redoing your resume completely, this will be a perfect outline to revamp your resume.

Change Keywords Accordingly

Depending on your field and what job you’re looking into going to, make keywords stand out to the employer. Look at the job description and try to incorporate that into your resume if it fits your skills and past work experiences. This way, employers will see these words almost automatically when looking at your resume and know that you could be a fit.

Refresh Contact Information

Addresses and phone numbers can change throughout our lives, so make sure your contact information is updated correctly. If you haven’t updated your resume in a while, there’s a chance something could be wrong, and that wouldn’t look good on you. It’s also important to make sure your reference’s contact information is correct. References can be changed over time, but if you want to keep the ones you’ve had, contact them to double-check check everything is still right.

Updating your resume is a crucial step in advancing your career. By following the tips above, you can ensure that your resume stands out to potential employers and reflects your current skills and experience. Don’t wait any longer; invest some time this October in enhancing your career prospects.

And if you’re looking for a new opportunity in the Orlando area, don’t forget to explore the job listings and resources available at The 5th Floor Orlando. We’re here to support your professional journey!

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