Back around the 1980s, it was typical for someone doing a job search to have a box of pre-printed resumes sitting on his/her desk. They would have probably worked with a professional who helped them draft the resume, and they would have then headed to a printer to have the document put on heavy stock that was pricey and impressive.
Today, we don’t often even think of printing out a single copy of our resume unless we are headed to a first time meeting with the potential employer. Instead, we make our professional resume or CV on our computers and send them as links or attachments to an application. This means that we can change them as often as we want and don’t have to lock ourselves into one “picture” that cannot be easily changed.
This is a good thing because a lot of people wonder when they should refresh their resume, and the answer is quite simple – “all of the time”. You should be altering and refreshing the resume for every single job you seek. Whenever you make an application of any kind you should be changing the resume to reflect the needs of that position.
Now, don’t get us wrong…you don’t have to make enormous changes, but you do have to stop and consider how the resume works in terms of the job description and your abilities.
Here is an example: are you a good candidate for this job if you look at your work history in chronological order or simply in terms of what you have learned thus far in your professional life? You see? There are two ways that the resume may be drafted for this situation. This means that you may want to be willing to change the resume to reflect the job in question.
Additionally, you need to change the resume CV or executive resume whenever you acquire new skills, tackle new hobbies, win awards, get published, learn a trade, etc. For instance, if you took a foreign language course in order to kill some free time or to begin a relationship, you should indicate this on the resume. You never know when the ability to speak a language might give you an “in” at a new company.
Consider too that you always have to rewrite the “objective statement” when making a job application. This is the only way to speak directly to the reader and is one of the few opportunities to really direct a spotlight on your achievements or skills without first asking the reader to scan the entire document too.
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