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3 Tips to Freshen Up Your Resume in 2017

Employers are on the move trying to meet talent shortages and discover new ways to find qualified candidates. Job seekers are infused with optimism about the opportunities before them. If you’re one of the 74%+ of job seekers open to new opportunities this year you’re probably taking a good look at your resume and wondering if it’s as ready as you are for a new job search. I’ve heard from countless job seekers in the past two months who are concerned their resumes aren’t up to the challenge, that their resume hasn’t been updated recently, isn’t positioned correctly, or doesn’t get responses.

If you’re having a hard time writing your resume or simply not feeling confident about the current condition of your resume, here are three quick tips that you can use right now to freshen up your resume so that it’s ready for the 2017 job market.

CULTURE FIT IS IMPORTANT

The majority of recruiters say that culture fit is an important factor in their hiring decision. You don’t hear much about culture fit when it comes to resume writing, but your resume is a great place to start setting the stage for a great culture fit. Start by researching the company culture of the organizations that you want to target in your job search. Find out what beliefs and values drive their organization and if these align with yours, be sure to include that information within your resume.

DITCH POINTLESS WORDS

Meaningless words that take up space and add no value to your resume do not market or brand you strongly enough to be included. Examples of these words include; results, success, professional, accomplished. These words are not inherently bad—it’s just that they don’t tell the employer much about you and the distinct value you offer an employer. Instead, replace these generic phrases with specific terms.

Instead of saying you are results-driven describe the results you deliver with metrics, facts, and figures.

Replace the generic term success with the actual successes you’ve had using specific examples, keywords, and industry terms.

The word professional can be switched with the actual position title that you’re pursuing.

Accomplished is an overused phrase that’s hard to quantify. So instead of saying you’re accomplished, share the accomplishments with metrics.

MODERNIZE YOUR RESUME

If you haven’t updated your resume in the last two years it’s time for an overhaul. Our society has become increasingly more visually driven. If you don’t believe me just Google some basic stats about the performance statistics around videos, visuals, and infographics over plain text. Or, research what our current attention span is (about 8 seconds … less than a goldfish by the way). Content-heavy resumes that lack visually engaging elements, design, and color are outdated. It’s time to revamp the design of your resume to include charts, graphs, visuals, color, boxes, shading, borders, and other visual design elements that will engage the reader and make content easily digestible and quicker to consume. If you’re getting an average of only six seconds for an initial scan, use visuals to communicate large chunks of information more quickly. For examples of visuals in resumes here are several resume samples that include color, borders, shading and graphs.

If you’re not confident in your current resume, take time to make changes in these three key areas. If you’re still struggling, need an executive resume writer’s help, or are in a time crunch you can get more help here.

I believe you deserve a career that brings you joy, fulfillment, and the ability to live your best life. If you’re having a hard time writing your resume or your current resume isn’t generating the response you’d hoped it would, reach out to me on LinkedIn or visit my website for help now

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Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

A nationally recognized resume expert, Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast and a former human resources manager and recruiter. Leveraging more than ten years’ experience directing hiring practices for Fortune 500 companies, Jessica's innovative and brand-driven resume development strategies have secured a 99.6% interview-winning success rate for her clients. As a global resume authority and trusted media source, Jessica has been featured and quoted numerous times throughout CNN.com, The Chicago Tribune, Monster.com, Local Job Network Radio, International Business Times, and more.
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