So we’re 8 months into the new year. The old year has bit the dust and we’ve now exchanged gifts and partied like it was 1999. Last year, as far as employment goes for me, I shifted in August, from my position as a Pre-Employment Coordinator to a Customer Care Specialist. It was a challenging transition because the latter role was fairly new. I had to navigate through the kinks and revise my trusted modus operandi as a PEC to accommodate the new role.
I’m very proud of myself for not giving up when I told myself I was going to a number of times. I’m proud that I pressed past my old paradigms and didn’t become paralyzed by my old ways of doing things. I’m glad that I didn’t make my old strategies formidable laws. I’m also glad that the little patches of my hair that I pulled out during this tedious rollercoaster of a journey has since grown back. I kid. I kid. No strands of my hair were harmed during my transitional phase.
But I thought about something, “Holy hot cheese puffs! I’ve acquired new nun-chucking skills!”
These skills were picked up during my transition from my old position to the new one – and I must say, they are quite stellar. I say this because, just 2 years ago I would not have been able to convince myself I could do what I’m doing now.
If you’re like me, and picked up some new skills, whether you earned a license or shifted into a new role, it’s time to update your resume. There is nothing wrong with keeping your resume current. Who knows what this year will bring? What if another position in your firm opens up that can use your skills? What if you were looking for something and that something else comes knocking at your door? You need to be ready, so don’t hesitate to tweak your resume.
- Take dated information off of your resume. If you’ve long since graduated from undergrad, please remove that temp job you worked while you attended NSU! No one cares! Plus, you can make room to add new info.
- If you want to be an entrepreneur and you have a side business, but you want to work for an employer to establish some capital and gain skills, AWESOME! But no one cares! Please do not include this on your resume. Would you hire you? I get it. You really, really need the skills and the extra capital. Fine. How about you take the skills you’re currently utilizing for your side business and create a small space listed as “Additional Skills.” i.e. You create invoices for daily expenses from your business. You list that as a skill and not something you do for your
- Don’t cram your entire work history on your resume. Pick the past jobs that have the most meat relevant to the work you’re looking for and leave the rest. Maybe you can create multiple resumes with 3 to 4 jobs you’ve worked on each, and choose which one will be your master resume, then save the other resumes for backups. When you send one out, see which one gets you the most responses from the best employers. Then stick to that one. One of the key objectives of a resume is to sell who you are before you’ve been introduced to a hiring manager. Resumes with a lot going on, and too much clutter, are a bit of a nuisance to read.
- Now, if you don’t want to oversell yourself you don’t want to short sell yourself either! Here’s why points 1-3 are important, you want to have enough space to share what you can do especially the most current skills you’ve picked up. Be specific. Be thorough. Try to even paint small pictures for the person who will read your resume. This will make your resume stand out because it will be fresh, clear, concise, and straight to the point.
Learning new skills are great. I recommend that you spend this year fine tuning what you know and taking some time to add new skills to what you already know. Job hunting in itself is stressful. How about you take some of the stress out of searching and developing killer skills that can add to your repertoire? And if you have already done so, let’s spruce up that resume why don’t ya!