The New Year is a great time for new beginnings, and perhaps you’re thinking about starting out 2018 with a new job?

If so, you might want to start your job search by doing a little resume maintenance. In addition to adding in your most recent job, any abilities you’ve gained and any training sessions you’ve attended, it’s also important to get rid of old information. If you don’t regularly clean up your resume, it becomes full of out-of-date achievements, awards and abilities.

Using these simple steps, you can clean up your resume and set yourself up for a new job in 2018:

Refine your career objective

Many job seekers’ biggest issue is not being certain of their career direction, a massive problem for those shifting careers. If you don’t have focus, your resume won’t have much focus either. When this occurs, unnecessary information ends up in the resume as it tries to appeal to a broader range of organizations or industries.

Focus your career objective section or write multiple resumes if you have several career paths you’re considering. By targeting a specific job or industry, it makes it simpler to pare down the excess resume content.

Distill your career into a smart summary

A career overview at the top of your resume needs to provide hiring managers with relevant details about your professional background. This section shouldn’t be overly “salesy,” but it should be concise and descriptive in talking about your experience, skills and knowledge.

Also, avoid using lofty phrases about wanting a fulfilling career filled with achievements and challenges. Interviewers already know why you’re sitting there in front of them.

Shrink down that long work history

It’s not necessary to list every job that you’ve had since college or high school. Your resume’s work experience section should offer a breakdown of your professional past and a handful of essential achievements for your most recent work experience. For experienced professionals, this may mean placing any jobs that are more than a decade old into an “early career” section.

The work history section should also focus on achievements, not job responsibilities. Make an effort to put your major achievements at each job into hard numbers, and put those numbers front-and-center. Then, outline your job responsibilities as precisely as possible and in a way that a reader can quickly get a sense of your daily duties.

List only the most useful skills

A bad resume often features a laundry list of skills, some of which may or may not be relevant to the job being sought. Instead of listing every single skill you have, try to list only the skills that create the most value for a company, were the hardest to acquire or that are most in-demand.

At NSC Technologies, we work with professionals to get them on track for the next phase in their career. If you’re currently looking to find a new job of 2018, please contact us today!

 

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