’Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions such as embracing a healthier lifestyle, going back to school, getting out of debt, or pursuing a new job.
If you are one of the many hoping to get a career boost this year, Julie Goley, Director of Career Services at Augusta University, suggests the following makeover tips for your resume:
Know your audience.
Consider studying the work environment of your potential employer first to avoid having your resume completely rejected. Write about what you bring to the table that makes you the best candidate for that environment. So, while there is nothing wrong with having a creative resume, focus more on the content. Furthermore, many companies today prefer applicants to submit their resumes online, eliminating the need for special trends and tricks on a printed resume.
Tell your story.
No one can tell your story better than you, and the cover letter is still the best place to share accomplishments that will show how you will add value to the company. Target the section reserved for your professional experience to not only list your work history, but add in a few sentences highlighting those roles that are unique to your skill set. Be sure to also include buzzwords that your next employer values. This will help highlight the impact of your work.
Never stop updating.
As you reflect on your career accomplishments this year, be sure to add this new information to your resume. Even if you are not actively searching for a new position, keep your resume current. This will not only help you focus on the work that is getting you results, but it is a great way to keep track of your successes.
Augusta University Career Services is here to help you get ahead. With nationally ranked programs, endless opportunities to get involved and a diverse community, you’ll be prepared for success in the real world.
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