Maybe you didn’t get the raise or promotion you wanted. Or a new, intriguing job opportunity that will advance your career has popped up. Suddenly, you need to dust off your old resume…fast.
Don’t worry. Updating your resume in a short period of time can be done. These 5 tips will help you get your resume in tip-top shape quickly.
- Update your resume to speak to your intended audience
First, identify your audience. What position are you applying for, and what does the company you’re applying to do? Review the job listing carefully, and research the company on Glassdoor. Once you know more about the position and the company, you should tailor your resume accordingly. If the position you are applying for is in sales at a tech company, you should emphasize your “great closing percentage” selling a similar technical product, as that will be of major interest to the company you are applying to. By targeting your story throughout your resume directly to your audience’s needs, you will supply potential employers with a solid, competitive resume that will get their attention.
- Don’t just “add on” haphazardly to an existing resume
The new information you add to your resume, targeted to your audience, should be integrated and become part of a bigger and better picture. Don’t just make all new experience and skills the last bullet in each job experience you list, for example. Be thoughtful – make sure the resume is cohesive and tells a great story from start to finish to your intended audience. You want to sell them that you’re a great candidate for the position.
- Don’t edit out too much previous experience when updating your resume
Don’t worry about the length of their resume, and leave out important, relevant information. The number of pages of your resume has no impact on employers looking to fill a position. The key is making sure the information is clear, targeted to the right audience and lines up with the needs of those hiring. No one is going to turn away a job seeker because their resume was too long, especially if it proves they are the best qualified candidate for the job.
- Be honest – don’t exaggerate your expertise
As you update your resume for a specific role, it can be tempting to try to claim you have as many skills or experiences as the job description asks for. But don’t overstate your accomplishments or claim credit for a project you didn’t lead. Remember, no matter what a company may have advertised as a requirement for the position, these requirements are a wish list in many cases. Your skill level may not line up perfectly, but it may very well be closer than anyone else who has applied. Trying to overcome certain shortcomings in your career by overstating your abilities will only lead to disappointment for all involved. Be honest with yourself and your potential employer. Be brave and take a chance. It is better to lose honestly than to win dishonestly.
- Update Your Resume When You Gain a New Experience or Title
File this tip away for next time! A good rule of thumb is to update your resume in real time as you get a new promotion or gain new skills. Regardless of how much or how little time you may have been in a position, you constantly are gaining new experience. Waiting too long between updates can lead to forgetting to add that experience. By keeping your resume current, you will be less harried the next time this happens.
By following these tips, you’ll have your resume updated in no time. And don’t forget to have a trusted friend or advisor proofread the resume for you before you hit “send.”
Once your resume is ready, sign up for an account on Glassdoor and upload your resume to Glassdoor to apply to jobs quickly and easily.