New year, new you. New job?
If you want to make a career move in 2020, there’s no time to waste! The job market is currently in your favor and there’s no guarantee it’s going to stay that way. Below are a few quick tips on how to update your resume ahead of that search.
Update Skills and Achievements Info
Check out the Skills section of your resume and try to think if you gained any new abilities in the last year. Maybe you learned a new software program or earned a certification. You work hard to gain new skills. Make sure you take credit for learning something new.
Also, if your line of work is project-based, ensure the list of major projects on your resume is up to date. Be sure to list any projects from last year that show off new abilities. If something was significantly valuable to your company, or highly relevant to your job search, ensure at the top of your list.
Where possible, try to quantify any impact you had last year, such as sales figures or cost savings. Using hard numbers can drive home the point that your results-oriented and productive.
Reconsider Your Format
Formatting can be the difference between a good and a bad resume. If you haven’t been getting many responses from potential employers or if it has been many years since your last resume update, think about rebooting your format. You may be shocked at how minor tweaks can make a major difference. A new font, different paragraph brakes, and other changes can make your resume much more visually appealing.
In general, a resume ought to be clear and succinct, smartly formatted with a basic font and proper headings. Search the web of the latest resume samples to see what hiring managers want to see in 2020.
Consider a Functional Resume
Resumes are generally structured in reverse chronological order, beginning with the current or most recent position. In some situations, the reverse-chronological format can be less effective than a skills-focused format, also called a functional resume format.
Often used by recent graduates and people switching careers. a functional resume is structured based on skills that are valuable in many industries. It also focuses on projects involving the application of those abilities. The employment history is still present on a functional resume, but it serves as a way to support the idea that you have used the abilities you’re presenting in the past.
Have Someone Else Review It
Having someone else look over your resume is a great way to see how your resume is seen by someone else, and possibly what a potential employer sees in it.
Because it’s difficult to review your resume objectively, ask a trusted colleague to offer feedback on your wording, format, and the way your resume frames you as a professional. Obviously, they should also be looking for spelling, grammar, and other mistakes.
NSC Will Help You with Your Resume Update
At NSC, we often help job seekers compose a smart, good-looking resume. Please contact us today to find out how we can help you with your 2020 job search.