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Refreshing your resume is a necessary phase of your job search. But it’s also something that needs to be done before you leave your current role. Whether you’re actively seeking, or considering changing roles in your industry, here are some of the most effective ways to ensure you’re presenting your best self to potential employers.
1. Revamp your resume
Whether it’s been months or years since you last updated your resume, odds are it’s still tailored to the last position you applied for. Your skills, experiences, and career goals have all evolved since then, so it’s time to emphasize the new and improved you:
2. Fewer clichés, more active terms
An optimized resume will get a recruiter’s attention – automated or not – but you can get yourself taken right off the short list again by relying too heavily on overused clichés. Phrases like “strong team player” or “effective people manager” by themselves tell a recruiter nothing. Be specific about what you’ve accomplished, and tell a recruiter why they want to hire you.
The same goes for using action verbs throughout your resume. You can use terms like ”motivated” or “united” to describe how you’ve inspired or brought others together, but if you don’t back that up with examples and evidence you’re hurting your chances rather than helping yourself.
No matter how good your resume is, if it’s not professionally edited you’re going to lose out to more professional-looking candidates. Check that your contact details, location, and any links to online profiles are up to date. Then make sure your resume has no spelling, formatting, consistency, capitalizations, abbreviation, or grammatical errors.
If you want a competitive edge in your job search, keep your resume up to date and focused on your most experienced roles and useful skills. Get into the habit of revising your resume regularly, rather than waiting for a new job opportunity. When you have a better understanding of your own abilities and how you can best present yourself, you’ll have an easier time finding roles that match exactly where you want to take your career. Already know where that is? Get in touch with Hays today and let us help you get there.
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