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Is it time to update your resume? Here are a few pointers for updating your old resume into one that is up-to-date,

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I want to talk with those of you who are going to be looking for work fairly soon about refreshing your resume. Now, I'll simply say that resume styles and techniques vary over the course of time. So, I just want to deal with some basics.
I'll start off with the one very simple thing is, when you look at updating your last resume, you may see it as an old tired document. Maybe you used Times New Roman as the font for the resume. No one uses that anymore. Maybe it looks like it was written on a typewriter. No one likes that anymore. I'll simply say there are ways that, stylistically, you can improve your resume. You can look for those online. I'm not going to give you a description of those. I just want to deal with a couple of contextual things.
So, number one is make sure your contact information is accurate. Name, city state and zip code. I will remind you about zip code since when resumes get inputted into an applicant tracking system, if you ever want someone to contact you again, other than at the time of just submitting your resume, when they're doing searches on their side, they are nailing down geography by zip code. They're not doing it by city and state. They're not doing it by area code of your mobile number. So again, city state zip code, phone number (mobile, of course), and include your LinkedIn URL.
Now, some people will talk about social networks that you're on. LinkedIn is the only one that really matters right now. So, make sure that that's there. I'm not saying to have the entire URL there. You might just embed it and that would serve you very well.
Next, when if you're someone who uses a professional summary, in your profile, take another look at it because the probability is, since the time that you wrote it last until now, it's changed. What you really do, what your real expertise is, has evolved. And as you edit it, I want you to think in terms of keywords, because keywords are how people search for you. That's true in your LinkedIn profile, as well. So, understand once a resume is in an organization's applicant tracking system, or they're searching for you on LinkedIn, and they're trying to find someone with your background, you want to use keywords that are relevant for the kind of positions that you're looking for that you're qualified to do. I want to be clear about that one. So, when you do the edit, make sure that those keywords are there and that they're up to date, technology is included, that reflects your current work experience.
At this point, delete what I'll call "the ancient information." No one cares what you did 20 years ago (obviously, I'm going to be talking with those of you are more experienced). No one cares what you did 20 years ago. If you think back to that time, that's in the last century. Who cares? Hasn't the world changed enough for you to give up the ghost of what you did back then?
You know, here we are, and they only care about the last. . . . You know, again, for some of you, it's going to be five years. And for those of you more experienced, they may want to see a progression over the last 10-12 years. Focusing on those keeps your resume to two to two and a half pages tops. No one wants to read a Russian novel. Those are the 800 page books. Well, there are the eight to 10 page resumes. No one is going through them and the systems are not going to kick out your resume because, the reality is, most of those systems have intelligence to focus on the top of the first page.
So, that's why it's always focused on that summary area, that is keyword rich, so that the first half of the first page of the resume is there because the the systems like that. In terms of search, no one is going to hit page down more than twice in order to find relevant information. So you want to give it to them early in the document. The long book resumes don't work.
Font size. Well, it's not just people my age who like a larger font sizes. Now people are hustling and when you send the resume in a six point font, you just tick people off. 10 to 12 point fonts please. The Type I think that becomes more attractive is Arial and Helvetica but you can pick something that's an easy clean read, and that will serve you well.
Lastly, the last 10 to 12 years for the jobs that you've worked in. No one cares what you did 100 years ago. Focus in on more current work.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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