Just as springtime often reminds us to remove our closet clutter, it is also a great time to consider revamping your resume. Whether on the job hunt or just doing some routine maintenance, take time to refresh your resume with these tips:
Remove personal pronouns. Your resume is about you, so there is no need to say, “I have developed an updated filing system.” Instead say, “developed an updated filing system.”
Clear up inconsistencies. Use consistent formatting throughout your resume. If your job titles are bolded, then make sure each title is in bold and the same font. If Illinois is abbreviated in your address at the top of your resume, it should be abbreviated in every instance it appears on your resume. Make sure you are making consistent choices throughout your resume.
Highlight your accomplishments. If your resume simply lists job duties for previous positions, you are not focusing on your unique selling points. What did you bring to the position? What value did you add? Change a description of “trained employees” to “trained over 15 new hires by creating realistic client-based scenarios.”
Re-organize as needed. Ensure that the most important information on your resume is very visible. How do you determine what is important? Consider the job you want or the type of job you currently have. What skills and experiences are most relevant in showcasing the skills needed to do your desired job or current position? (Reading over a detailed job description can help with this). If necessary, list only the most relevant career work experiences (in reverse chronological order). Then add another section further down, “Additional Experience,” to list other positions that may be less critical to emphasize.
Proofread, then proofread again! Although obvious, it is important to take the time to make sure your resume is well organized, easy to read and error free. Try proofing from the bottom of your resume and moving up. Sometimes it will help you catch things you may have previously missed.
By Kristin Nisbet-White, assistant director of the Millikin Career Center