Career Calling

January 3, 2014

Start the New Year with a Fresh Resume

Just as some people change fire alarm batteries at the fall time change, the New Year is a good time to look at your resume and update it.  The first question to ask is if your resume still fits your career goals.  Are you doing the same thing?  Looking for a promotion?  Attempting to change careers?  If you’re not doing the same thing, your resume needs to change.

Even if you’re not making a major change in your career, the New Year is a good time to take stock of what you have accomplished in the past year.  Before you edit the resume, make a list of your success stories from the last year.  Compare these achievements to those currently listed on the resume.  Refresh any dated material and add new elements.  You don’t have to add everything you’ve accomplished over the past year.  Add only those examples that make your resume stronger.

Finally, test important details that are easy to miss.  Is your contact information (address, phone number, and email) correct?  Have you learned any new software or technical skills that should be added?  Have you completed any new education, training, or certification?  Have you joined any professional groups?  Give your resume one more good review.  This time your goal is to take off any information that is dated or no longer relevant.

The New Year is a great time to plan and make changes.  If you’re plans include career advancement or finding a new job, remember to refresh your resume.

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