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Why you need to update your resume in 2015: part 1

Why you need to update your resume in 2015: part 1
For many of us, the new year is a time when we reflect on where we are, and where we’re headed – and it’s also when many of us consider changing jobs. The job market sees some of its biggest shifts all year in this period – so it’s a great time to search for new opportunities.

Your resume is your first point of contact with a potential new employer, and this ‘digital handshake’ is your best opportunity to impress them with your talents. But faced with a deluge of resumes, many recruiters take mere seconds to make a decision on whether or not to take your application further.

While the basics of resume writing are the same as they’ve always been, the rise in competition for jobs means that your resume has to work harder than ever before – so it’s vitally important that you get it right.

With the increasing popularity of social media and online presence, and the development of new technologies and techniques designed to sift through applications, I predict a growth in importance of a few key factors for resume success this year. So here they are, my pick of your main considerations for resume success in 2015:

A strong opening statement


It’s a great idea to provide a quick snapshot of your key strengths at the top of your resume, either as a two or three-sentence summary of who you are and what you have to offer, or as a bulleted list of your main skills, talents and selling points. This opening statement also gives you a quick and easy means of tailoring your resume for each job application. Adapt it as required and create different versions that directly address the requirements listed on a specific job ad.

Don’t be boring


Avoid long lists of ‘responsibilities included’ type statements. Instead, focus on your actual achievements, and begin each with a dynamic action word or phrase like ‘designed’, ‘coached’, ‘assessed’, ‘undertook’, ‘supervised’, ‘organised’, ‘managed’, ‘transformed’, etc so that the benefits you can bring to a new employer are crystal clear. Also keep your resume sounding very professional and avoid slang, jargon, and over-use of ‘marketing speak’ and clichéd phrases.

Presentation is everything


First impressions count – and as more and more of us take advantage of both resume templates and slick design software to produce beautifully crafted CVs, you’ll need to keep up with the pack if you want to be taken seriously.

Keep your resume as succinct as possible – one or two pages is ideal. Choose easy-to-read fonts like Verdana, Arial, Calibri or Times. Include lots of white space and break up your text as much as possible using subheadings and bullet points. Avoid multi-coloured text or different font sizes, as well as italics, underlining, shading, graphics and vertical/horizontal lines or boxes. Modern, elegant and easy-to-read are your watchwords here.

Coming up: We explore the more technical side of resume writing in Part II of Why you need to update your resume in 2015

 
 
 

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