Follow these resume tips to keep your outdated resume from landing you in the rejection pile faster than you can say “hire me!” If you haven’t sought a new employment opportunity for five, 10, 15, or even 20 years, you may be unsure of where to start when creating a resume for today’s marketplace.If you’ve been out of college for a couple years (as we’ll assume you have, since you’re worried about being outdated), there’s no need to add your graduation year.It allows potential employers to date you (and judge you based on your age) before they’ve gotten an unbiased sense of your experience and qualifications. Instead of calling yourself names, try talking about what you do. I sent my glistening new creation to a trusted friend for feedback, and on the other end of the email, I got…crickets. Things change FAST these days, and my two-page behemoth wasn’t cutting it. Luckily, updating my resumé for 2014 didn’t have to be that hard. These days, potential employers still want to be able to skim your resumé for the important stuff. Or, ditch that paragraph entirely and use up that space to show your accomplishments, saving the explanations for the cover letter. I left college less than 5 years ago, but I was already displaying dinosaur-like tendencies. And sure, resumés have changed since I took “Intro to Professional Writing” as a freshman, but my sunny, graphic take on the new resumé had missed the mark. Sure, being succinct was always important on resumés. Instead of talking about your objectives, give a brief “so what” statement about who you are and what makes you right for the job.
“30% traffic increase” pops out on the page more than “Thirty percent traffic increase.” Plus, using numerals saves space. Instead of using an outdated header, create a custom personal logo to use across your documents and instantly bring your resumé into 2014.
Uh oh, the last 10-15 years have a few (explainable, but complicated) bumps?
Try ditching the months in your job history section.
Since employers will likely be scanning your resumé, format your words to pop out at the reader.
Instead of big blocks of text, use 4-7 bullet points to describe each section of work experience.