New Year, Refresh Your Resume
EACE Blog contribution by contribution by Beverly Harris, Sr. Human Resources Consultant at Atrion Networking
The new year will soon be upon us and many will be keeping with the age-old tradition of creating our New Year’s resolutions. I often hear from applicants that finding a new job or switching careers is top on their list. With that in mind, a résumé refreshment may be in order. I counsel the applicants I speak with to review, revise and/or refresh their resumes at least once, if not twice, each year as needed.
Begin by creating a list of your accomplishments over the past year in your current role, adding new employment and new skills. If you are a student, think of your projects, coursework, noteworthy accomplishments and make a list of how those might relate to the position you are seeking. Once you have compiled the list, it’s important that you present the information as a meaningful presentation on your résumé not simply a list of what the job entailed. In other words, think of how this information will be interpreted by the recruiter as it relates to the job. Simply listing your accomplishments, duties and responsibilities doesn’t allow for deeper insight into your qualifications as they might relate to the job. In some cases it may work against you when you are up against heavy competition. Recruiters love details, it makes our job easier and separates you from the rest of the job seekers whose resumes may not be as well composed.
Be sure to incorporate professional development activities, degrees completed, in-service training and any internships and/or cooperative experiences as well. This shows a commitment to ongoing professional development and your desire to move forward in your career.
As you make changes to your document, don’t forget to edit out any outdated or irrelevant information which will further assist in an “easy read” for the recruiter. Recruiters typically spend mere seconds on an initial review and look for the keywords, phrases and information relevant to the job they are attempting to fill. If you are an experienced job seeker, decrease the amount of detail in older positions keeping only what is most relevant to your current job search. You can also create an “Early Career” summary section at the end of your resume which should be brief and to the point. Delete outdated technology, verbiage, acronyms and high school diploma information if you have earned your college degree.
In addition to proofreading on your own, it’s always best to ask someone you trust to do so as well ensuring an error free resume. It’s never a good reflection if your name is spelled incorrectly – yes I have seen this.
Beverly Harris is a Sr. Human Resources Consultant with 15+ years of experience in Human Resources Capital Management and is currently working with Atrion Networking Corporation, an IT Services company, located in Rhode Island. She assists Atrion in all aspects of HR Management Best Practices focusing specifically in employee relations, university relations and strategically integrating effective HR processes, programs and practices into their daily operations.
Beverly is a native of Central MA, home of 12 colleges/universities, and a graduate of Assumption College, Worcester, MA. Having begun her career in HR at UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA and MIT, Cambridge, MA, she has a special passion for higher education and is thrilled to be part of the EACE.