5 Resume Updates to Make Now

Looking for a career upgrade? Follow these tips for a foot in the door.
by Lauren Sherman


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"The hiring manager already knows that your objective is to get a job, so don't waste space stating the obvious," says Rosetta Thurman, president, Thurman Consulting, a leadership training firm. Instead, lead with a summary of qualifications or "five specific things that you have achieved that are relevant to the results you would produce if hired," says Las Vegas-based career coach Alexia Vernon.

2. Forget "References Available Upon Request" That's because it's inferred, says Vernon.

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3. Focus on Accomplishments Note Duties
"The hiring manager wants to know what you actually did," says Thurman. Make sure you include specific benchmarks, such as surpassing sales goals, winning awards or recognition for specific projects. And use action words. For example, "switch your bullet points from 'was responsible for marketing and business development' to 'developed a new marketing plan that helped increase the number of new client accounts from five to seven per month," says Thurman.

4. Add Your Social Media Info
Today, your Twitter handle and website address are just as important as your phone number. But it's important that the profiles that you keep on those sites, as well as on LinkedIn, match the information on your resume. "When a prospective employer sees two different versions of you, even if it's simply because you forgot to update one and not the other, it sends up a red flag that you aren't trustworthy," says Vernon.

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5. Be Sensible With Unrelated Experience

"Many young professionals make the mistake of simply listing everything they ever did in their previous positions, all the way down to making copies as an intern and mopping the floors as a restaurant worker in college," says Thurman. "Take comfort in the fact that it's not necessarily about how many years of experience you've had, but what you've done in your previous position that you can apply to the new role you're applying for."

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