Spring Clean your Resume

Spring breathes new life into the world around us!

Many of us will go through the process of spring cleaning our homes to start the season fresh.

Just as we spring clean our homes, the same applies to our resumes.

The resume is your story, your track record, and your work history.  It constantly evolves. It’s where you begin to tell the employers how valuable you can be to their organization.

Here are a few tips to follow when “spring cleaning” your resume:

  • Target your resume to the job you are after and the company.
  • Make sure it is free of grammatical errors or typographical errors – have someone proofread it for you.
  • If you have a LinkedIn page (and you should!) include it on your resume. It’s a great way to expand on the 1-2 page resume you’ll be submitting.
  • Sell your features and benefits – what skills do you have that will interest the employer?
  • Turn duties into accomplishments and quantify them – tell how much, how many, how often.
  • Provide the last 10 years (15 if relevant) of your work history.
  • Include any professional organizations you belong to which shows potential employers that you are dedicated to your career, have current knowledge on industry information and are affiliated with other professionals in the industry.
  • Spell out terms versus using abbreviations and acronyms.
  • Write your resume in the third person and avoid using the pronoun “I”.

Cleaning up every area of your resume will help recognize the amazing professional that you are!  Once you see your accomplishments on paper, your confidence will boost and you’ll be ready to search for that Hot Job!

You can find this week’s Hot Jobs on our Find a Job webpage.  Let CareerSource Southwest Florida help you with career advice and tips on your job search by following us on Twitter and LinkedIn, and “Like” us on Facebook.

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