We’re a few weeks into the new year, and if you haven’t set goals yet, it’s time to hunker down and get started. A great first goal? Updating your resume! Whether you’re looking for a new job or just want to tune things up, we’re here to help. Here are a few things to adjust in your resume this year.
- Get rid of old jobs
If you’ve been in the workforce for a while, you’re likely to have plenty of jobs on your resume. But when it comes to the job search, you need to tailor your resume for newer jobs. That means taking out anything that isn’t up to date. If you’re looking for an office job for example, you’ll just want two to three of your most recent jobs and not anything too far beyond that. But you can still keep those older jobs on LinkedIn if you think they could be relevant in the future!
- Change up formatting
What does your resume formatting look like? If you haven’t updated things in a while, you might want to look into spicing things up. For example, black and white isn’t always the go-to anymore. Off the Clock Resumes notes that strategic use of color can really make your resume pop. “Use color strategically to impact an employer’s perspective of you,” they say. “Keep your resume looking professional by using conservative color for your name, section headings, and other design elements sparingly.”
- Check for spelling and grammar mistakes
The number one thing that makes a recruiter skip over your resume at a glance? Bad spelling and grammar. So, take a look and make sure you haven’t made any easy-to-fix errors. It’s always a good idea to have a friend or family member look things over.
- Update dates and contact info
It’s 2022, so if any of your current positions reference 2021, make sure to update that to 2022. If you’ve changed addresses (physical or email), make sure to update those as well.
If you update your resume now, you’ll be ready to take on the rest of 2022!
Are there any other things you want to change about your resume in 2022? Let us know in the comments section below?