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Resume expert Kim Isaacs explains how to refresh an outdated resume in this first of five series.
As a longtime PC user, I was thrilled when Microsoft introduced the System Restore tool. This little tool saved me hours of troubleshooting on several occasions, easily banishing unwanted, buggy programs from my system.
The new year is the perfect time to take a good look at your resume and get rid of outdated or unnecessary content. While there is no "restore" tool that can automatically remove unwanted information, follow these tips to refresh your resume for the new year:
Remove or Shorten Older Accomplishments Job seekers tend to add new job details to their resumes, but often neglect to delete older information. The result is a resume that keeps getting longer and longer, and more challenging for hiring managers to read. Carefully review some of your older achievements and be ruthless about removing content that no longer works for you.
Add New Achievements Reflect on your accomplishments over the last year, and add the ones that are most impressive and relevant to your current career goal. It's a good idea to keep a "kudos" file updated throughout the year so you can easily find important data for your resume. I just worked with a client who hadn't updated his resume since 2006, and he said that it was painful trying to recall the details of achievements over the last five years.
Audit the Resume for Relevancy As our careers progress, it's rare to have one straight and narrow path. We tend to take twists and turns, possibly even going in directions we never would have imagined at the beginning of our careers. The end result is that the resume could look like a hodgepodge of disparate information. Review your resume and make sure it is geared to your current goals and focuses on relevant qualifications.
Let's make 2011 our best year yet!
Kim Isaacs is a firm believer in the power of a resume to jump-start careers and change lives. She is the director of ResumePower.com, a resume writing firm that prepares job seekers for success in a competitive job market. Kim has served as Monster's Resume Expert since 1999.
In addition to the Microsoft Career Center, powered by Monster.com, you can find job-specific resume templates, steps for keeping an electronic cover letter and resume together in a single file, tips for creating a great resume, and much more on Office.com.
Thanks for the great info!
Hey, writing resume for first time is as tough as upgrading it. While upgrading, one has lots of confusion of what content to keep and what to omit. I feel like all the major achievements must be kept, they will highlight your personality. So while upgrading, one can change or shorten only the experience section. Make it more fruitful so that employer can understand your abilities and diversity within you.
I agree Sample Resume! A professional resume writer gave me a great tip to help shorten my lengthy experience section by moving some of the very old experience to pithy sidenotes in the education section. That worked for me because of the timing of my earlier experience and might not for others, but this highlighted for me some creative ways you can weave experience into other sections of your resume.
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