Posted By Amanda Collins on July 11, 2011
Everything changes. It’s part of life. And, like everything else, your résumé needs to update to keep up with the times and what employers are expecting from applicants. When I started writing résumés 15 years ago, they consisted of a series of bullets saying what you did in those positions of the past. Strategy was not included, and a résumé amounted to little more than an extended job application.
If you haven’t written a résumé in more than a decade, yours probably looks a lot like that old style. It’s a list of what you did, what you did, what you did…well, you get the idea. At that time, unemployment was low and employers did have the time to sift through each document and find the gems needed to make that all-important decision to call the applicant for more information.
Now, most employers don’t have the time to pour through all of the superfluous information to find what it is you’re really trying to share. You need to give it to them in a way that jumps off the page. You MUST have a strategy—and that changes from person to person and from position to position. For instance, a new college graduate’s résumé will differ from a person who’s been in one job 25 years, and they’ll differ from a person with five jobs in 15 years. Each person is unique, and the résumé should convey your individual talents as appropriate for that position.
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