Write. Review. Revise. Repeat.
When you’re looking for a job, the process of rewriting your resume can be a repetitive and tedious task. With every passing application, lessons are learned and minor tweaks can be applied. Just when you think you’ve found resume perfection, it’s back to the drawing board:
Write. Review. Revise. Repeat.
It might be mundane, but continually improving your application materials is a great way to work towards success on the job hunt. However, after so many rewrites, confusion can creep in. With multiple versions of your resume being emailed, printed and distributed to a variety of employers, it’s easy to lose track and make any number of costly mistakes.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when revising your resume:
Whether you have a variety of career moves under your belt, or are just starting out on your professional path, it’s important to start your resume revising process by recording as much useful information about your specific background as possible. As a first step, start compiling a master list of job roles, education and any other applicable experience you may have to share with potential employers. Then, try listing as many projects you’ve completed and skills you’ve earned from each opportunity. You might be surprised by how much valuable content you end up generating! Remember, you can always trim your materials down the road, so make sure to list everything you can think of.
A Resume for All Seasons
Thinking of your resume as a static, perfect piece of your application materials is dangerous. Your resume should be changing as your career goals evolve. Therefore, it’s entirely possible that you can end up with multiple formats of your resume, and different versions that are tailored to a specific industry or job role. For example, you may have a longer resume focused on your education background when looking for teaching work, but also utilize a shorter, job role focused version for corporate trainer positions.
Having multiple versions of your resume can be helpful when applying to variety of organizations. However…
Keep track of your edits! With the amount of applications you may have floating around at any given time, making a mistake with the wrong version of your resume is all too easy. Maybe you accidentally send a version that mentions another company in an objective statement. Maybe you forget to change the title from “ANDY’S STUPID RESUME Version 12” before clicking send. Whatever the misstep may be, it might just mean the difference between landing the job, and appearing careless. Make sure to triple check which version of your resume you are submitting, and create a file naming scheme that is easy to remember. For example, maybe each revision includes a version number, (Andy’s Resume V2) with your finalized versions only including date information, (Andy’s Resume May 2015.)
The More the Merrier
Regardless of the desired position or specific application process, a good general rule to follow is to have at least two additional people review your resume before printing or submitting it electronically. After so many rewrites…
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..our eyes can play tricks on us, leading to a sort of text hypnosis. You may have a glaring error staring you in the face and never see it! Letting a trusted peer review your materials and provide feedback may open your eyes to needed edits you might otherwise miss.
Writing a resume is an on-going process. By keeping these rewriting tips in mind, you’ll be able to edit and update your job search for even more success! Do you have revision tips to share? Post them below!