Keeping your resume sharp
Even if you're satisfied with the position you currently have, there's never a bad time to be prepared to hit the open job market. As part of your personal development and professional growth, it's a good idea to keep your resume looking sharp. There are many different ways for you to do so. Professionals from different industries will often give you different tips specific to their respective industries. But there are a few things that apply to resumes for virtually every job. Here are three of those tips:
1. Be honest!
"Resist the urge to embellish on experience."
Although this should be a tip that goes without saying, it is definitely worth mentioning. Resist the urge to embellish on the experience you choose to list on your resume. That includes both the educational and work experience segments. While you may be nervous about the stiff competition that is out there, adding false information puts you at risk of losing the hiring manager's trust. Most hiring managers and HR staff members have seen enough resumes to recognise deception on a resume. Save yourself the trouble of getting caught in a lie and simply tell the truth. Have a little faith that your credentials up to this point are enough to earn you the job. Moreover, it's better than starting a new position under false pretences.
Even if you are the most qualified candidate, you're not going to get the job if a hiring manager can't make any sense of your resume. Organise your resume effectively so that it is easy to read. To begin with, make it legible. Don't fall into the temptation to shrink the font size so that you can fit five times as much information on the page. Instead, use a legible font and structure your resume in a logical order. You can either choose to organise items on your resume by chronological order or by relevance. Most of the time, you'll have a good idea of which is preferred based on the field that you are in.
Once you've gathered all of the information you are going to put on your resume, take a moment to decide which should get priority. Think of a resume as a highlight reel: You want to show off the best experiences you've had up to this point. If you have a graduate degree or extensive online training, make sure you highlight it.