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Last week, we started a look at a Resume Refresher checklist, found here. Now, we continue the list and look at some more great ways to clean up your resume, even if you’re not actively looking for a job.
4. Be flexible for customization
Make sure your design leaves the option to be easily adjusted depending on where you’re submitting the resume. The wording on your resume should change for your audience, especially if you are opting to not send a cover letter.
5. Proofread, proofread, proofread – and then proofread again. And then have someone else proofread.
Read it backwards, follow with your finger, read aloud and say the words phonetically. Find someone who is a good proofreader and have them edit your resume.
6. Start and maintain a personal work file.
▪ Keep snippets of emails from managers, peers, and colleagues applauding your work.
▪ For quick reference, write a summary of each major project that you contributed to significantly or assigned as the team-lead. Your status sheet is also a good reminder of the projects you have worked on.
▪ Data is key. Make notes of projects you completed that saved the company money or generated more traffic to the company site. This information will help you both on your resume and in interviews.
▪ Keeping a running tab of important milestones and accomplishments will help you each year when you spring clean your resume. This file also helps as a refresher course on your background as you prepare for any upcoming interview questions as well.
Added bonus: when you are having a bad day, look at your awesome file for the boost you need to remind you of the value you have brought to the table!
What do you do to keep your resume fresh? Share your tips in the comments.