The “new” millennium is already two decades old but your resumé style is still stuck at the turn of the century. How long has it been since you’ve graduated? Have you updated your resumé to include your most recent achievements? Do you still have the same objective pinned at the top? Seriously? If so, a resumé update is way overdue.
1. Create career highlights
If you still have your work experience in a list type, you might be missing out on highlighting some of your achievements. If you spearheaded a special project that resulted in significant strides in the way that your company does business, include it. It’s kind of like when you were involved in a lot of extra-curricular activities at school – but in a corporate way. This will show an employer the kind of worker you are and will give them more of an idea of what you can bring in to their business.
2. Profile vis-a-vis the objective
Unless you have just graduated or are changing your career, a resumé objective is a bit passé. An objective states what you want for a job and what you hope to achieve. A professional profile, on the other hand, will summarize what you can put on the table. A prospective interviewer looking through your resumé will get a clearer sense of how you can fit in the workplace with both.
3. Fit to a T
There was a viral Facebook post in the Philippines of an actress-turned-politician which included in her resumé highlights that she won “Ms. Photogenic” in a school contest. If you’re applying for a job as a Registered Nurse, you don’t need to include unrelated work experience or career highlights. You can put them in the Career Notes section if you absolutely must include items that you feel will make you stand out.
4. Personal information
There was a time when it was the norm to include such personal information as your religion, age, height, weight, your marital status, and even the number of kids that you have. Theoretically speaking, this is not a requirement as employers should not consider hiring on the basis of age, gender, race, or religion. You can still include them if that is your preference, as there are no hard and fast rules here since laws vary from country to country. Take for example the hiring process in the US – they are even debating as to whether you should include your photo in your resumé.
5. Build professional profiles.
A great way to update your resumé is to utilize TrueProfile.io. You can build up your myTrueProfile as your digital resumé- this contains all of your professional details as well as your collected TrueProofs.
You can get a TrueProof for your diplomas, your work experience, your professional license, and even your Certificate of Good Standing! The beauty of this is that having a TrueProof on your documents means your credentials come fully verified directly from the source, getting instant trust that you are the real deal when it comes to your qualifications. You can link your TrueProofs to your LinkedIn profile and showcase your verified credentials. Make sure to also update your myTrueProfile Contact Settings so that if a relevant job opportunity opens up, the employer can view your information and contact you!
Voila! Your resumé is updated.
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