Spring Cleaning: Time to Spiff Up that Resume!

Spring has officially sprung, and it’s time to begin spring cleaning, starting with your trusty resume.  If you are a job seeker, now is the perfect time to breathe some new life into your resume with these tips:

Spit-shine your contact info.

If it’s been a while, chances are your contact info needs to be cleaned up. Make sure everything is current. The phone number you put should be one you are able to answer frequently, and the email address should be one you check regularly.  Make sure your email address is professional; similarly, make sure you have a professional voicemail message so you do not deter potential employers.

Clean up your grammar.

A surefire way to wound your credibility is having a resume riddled with grammatical errors.  Proofread, proofread and proofread again. Don’t just trust spell check!  Have a trusted friend or mentor give it a once over as well.

Reduce the clutter.

There is value to having an ample amount of white space on your resume.  You don’t want to include paragraphs and blocks of text that will overwhelm the reader.  Also, it is important you don’t dilute the potency of your resume by including your entire employment history and activities since grade school.  Only include pertinent experience relevant to the position you are applying for; it’s probably time to retire your high school movie theater gig from your resume!

Tailor your objective.

If you choose to include an objective statement, make sure it is poignant and effective, not vague.  Including a general statement about how you “are looking for a great opportunity at a company that will help you advance professionally” isn’t helping you stand out as a candidate.  Make sure to tailor your objective statement for the specific position you are applying for, and what you hope to gain from it.

Spring is in the air, so take advantage of this time to do a little resume clean up, whether you are looking for a summer job or a start to a brand new career path!

 

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