It is wonderful to get a new start on a job search by updating your resume.
Your resume should always be accurate, up-to-date and error-free. Resumes can be used to secure a promotion, a new position or to get new customers. Just as you should never sit on your laurels, you should never sit on your resume. Instead always look for ways to improve your resume, make it better and keep it relevant.
The typical resume tells the story of how and where a person has worked over a period of time. Modern job searches are often done electronically so that an employer does not see the applicant, but instead looks at dozens or even hundreds of resumes that come across a computer screen. In order to be successful in the modern job hunting environment, it is crucial that applicants find ways to make their resumes stand out from others.
Normally a person who prepares a resume is an employee who is looking for a new job. Another popular source for resume creation is people who are hoping for promotions at their current places of employment. If you are an individual who is looking for a job be sure your resume, at a minimum, has the following information:
- list of names and locations of places worked for the past ten years if possible
- detail the duties done for prior employers
- give information on projects successfully completed
- descriptions tailored to the job requirements of the types of positions you are seeking
- highlight special accomplishments including money saved for employers, sales quotas exceeded and special awards won
Another group of individuals that should keep an up-to-date resume on hand is entrepreneurs. The resume of an entrepreneur will differ from that of an employee searching for a new job. For example, an entrepreneur’s resume will normally have only one job, the entrepreneur’s current business. The typical entrepreneur should have a resume, not to seek a new job, but to highlight work done in order to impress future clients or potential venture partners. If you are an entrepreneur preparing a resume, be sure your resume at a minimum has the following information:
- list of projects successfully completed for clients
- names and locations of clients for whom work has been done
- a detailed listing of awards won
- select social media mentions
Whether you are an employee seeking a promotion or new job or an entrepreneur hoping to gain new clients please remember to use CUPS when reviewing your resume. CUPS is a proofreading method taught to elementary school students that remains useful and relevant throughout life. CUPS stands for:
Underlining or emphasis
This means you should always make sure that the proper words are capitalized. There are rules for capitalization, do not capitalize just for style. Use appropriate underlying, italics and bold in your resume to add emphasis where appropriate. Punctuation is important because a misplaced period or common can change the meaning of a statement or phrase. Finally, be sure to carefully check your spelling. Spelling mistakes make your claims that you are detailed oriented or pay attention to details appear to be lies.
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