Spring Cleaning: Resumes

March 20 was the first day of spring, and you know what that means! It’s time for a bit of spring cleaning. While you’re cleaning out the garage or shaking a few cobwebs loose in the attic, why not take a feather duster to your resume as well? It’s never a bad idea to update things when you can, and the season of change can be a great time to change things up on your resume. Here are some quick tips!

  1. Make use of a summary section

If you have any accomplishments you want to draw attention to, why not make use of a summary section? This can be a few sentences at the top of your resume that outline why you’re a stellar candidate for the job. Just make sure to adapt the summary for each position (you’ll want to highlight different strengths and accomplishments depending on the job you’re applying for), and avoid listing anything generic like “hard-worker,” “pays attention to detail,” etc.

  1. Keep things clean

If your resume features a lot of graphic design elements or fonts and colors, you might want to simplify things a bit. Unless you’re applying for a designer position, employers want something easy to read. You never know how they’re going to read it (they could be looking at it on their phone, tablet, or computer), so you want an easily openable file like a PDF. Make sure spacing is even throughout, and that your font is easy to read.

  1. Show you fit in with the company culture

If you’re applying for a specific company, look them up online and review their company culture. If any of your background lines up with their company values, add that to your resume. If a company is big on charitable work, for example, put any volunteering experience on your resume.

Spring is a season where flowers bloom and now your resume can help you bloom into a new job.

Any resume update questions? Let us know in the comments section below!

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