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5 Signs Your Resume Needs a Tune-Up

5 Signs Your Resume Needs a Tune-Up

 

Nobody really likes to update their resume, but if you want to find a job in today’s competitive job market, you need to take the time and give your resume a tune-up. When your resume looks dated, employers will assume you are, too. Here are a few huge tip offs that your resume screams old school, which in this case, is not a good thing.

  1. You still use an Objective Statement. Instead write a Professional Summary or Qualifications Summary that focuses on why you are the best candidate for this specific job. Include career highlights and results that match what the employer needs.
  2. You list “References Available upon Request.” You will need references. You don’t need to mention that on your resume. Have a list ready to go and provide it to the recruiter/hiring manager when asked. Remember to let your references know when you are giving out his/her name, who should be calling and what the position is all about.
  3. You list out job duties. You resume is not a list of every job duty you’ve performed at every job you’ve held. Hiring managers want to see results, accomplishments and proof that you had success at past jobs. Include specifics that relate to the job at hand.
  4. You list hobbies. Sure, hobbies are nice, but they aren’t usually relevant to a job opportunity. In fact, it could do more harm than good. Leave hobbies and interests off your resume. If you are in an interview and your hobby happens to come up, then you can discuss. Otherwise, keep it to yourself.
  5. You don’t list an email address or LinkedIn url. Make it easier for hiring managers to contact you. At a minimum, include a professional email address and cell phone number. Also make sure you add your LinkedIn url to the document.

Simple fixes can mean big results. Of course, once you revise your resume, you’re not done. Your resume should be a living document; something you update on a regular basis, not only when you are job hunting.