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www.halliecrawford.com – Hallie Crawford, Certified Career Coach, shares three stories from working with clients who have had great success in filling the gaps in their resume using a career assessment and more. Learn how to beef up your resume even when you’re lacking work experience and transitioning into a new career.
I was talking to my career book editor, Anne, the other day. As a professional writer she has helped many people with their resume writing over the years. We were working on the portion of my book (coming in early 2014, I’m very excited!) regarding resume advice and we were brainstorming tips that you don’t hear every day regarding your resume update.
One of her suggestions, was after you have edited your resume and you have the final draft, read it once more, backwards. This will enable you to capture any mistakes in spelling and punctuation that you may have missed because you have been looking at it for so many hours!
So take one last look, have others read it as well of course, but take a few minutes to read your resume backwards line by line in case you have missed something small. Thanks Anne, great advice!
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Most people will say no, they are not updating their resume continuously. Nine times out of ten when I’m working with a new client, they say their resume is out of date. Some have not even looked at it in years! I understand that, and what happens when our resume writer, Jasmine Marchong, begins to work on their resume, they have trouble remembering the key accomplishments they want to include over the years.
It takes more time to dig through your memory banks or performance reviews than it would to simply update your resume every six to twelve months. We liked this article about what to include in your update, Performance Appraisal Time? Update Your Resume at the Same Time. A great time to update your resume is before your performance review so that you can use it as the catalyst to get you going.
A couple of other things to keep in mind as well:
1. Update your LinkedIn profile at the same time!
2. Keep a master resume with all of your work experience and accomplishments.
This will make it easier when it’s time to start a new job search. You can simply copy and paste the relevant material into each new resume to apply for jobs.
P.S. How do you know if your resume is good? Take this Resume Quiz to find out how to keep your resume out of the trash can.
Here is my latest YouTube video where I talk about changes I recently made to a client’s cover letter and the three critical things you need to keep in mind when writing yours.
As a recent grad you may not have years and years of experience in your chosen field. How do you create your application materials, resume and cover letters, to reflect the potential you have?
1) Look at all the experience you do have – whether its professional experience you were paid for, volunteer experience, college club and group experience, etc.
2) Instead of just looking at the title you held, take a look at the skills you gained, the responsibilities you had, and the true day-to-day tasks you completed.
3) Make a list of how those relate to the positions you want to be offered.
4) Now include those skills, responsibilities, and talents in your resume and cover letter. This is how you tailor your application materials to the type of position you desire, instead of having a static way of describing an experience the same way for lots of different types of jobs.
5) In your cover letter especially, highlight what you’ve done in your various experience that relates to the job you’re applying for. Even if this wasn’t specifically in your job title or job description, but was something you did and relates to the position you want, definitely highlight it.
Don’t let your lack of work experience hold you back from describing your ability and potential in applications. Be willing to see your previous experience through many different lenses and you will see how you really DO have relevant experience to offer.
P.S. Are you in the ideal career for you? Find out if you’re in the right career with our Ideal Career Quiz.