Is your resume recent?

If you find a job you want, and you reach under your bed and pull out a old resume that’s two years old, dust it off, and send it in, you may be disappointed in the results. Employers aren’t interested in what you were doing two years ago as much as they are in what you were doing last week. You must keep your resume up to date.

When is the best time to rewrite your resume? The day you start your new job. And, of course, every time something significant happens, that will look good on your resume.

Every time you change your resume is a great time to go through it and make sure everything is correct, reads quickly, and holds you in the best light possible.

Always double-check that your resume is easy to read. I have seen people write extensive page-long paragraphs on what they’ve done for two and three pages of resumes with no proper line spacing and words pushed together as tight as possible. And I just knew no one was going to read them. And based on the results they gained, I believe I was right.

I consider it essential that when somebody gives you advice, you at least take a moment to check it out and see if it might be real. It’s not that employers are lazy. When they have a job to fill, they will take quick and easy paths to get the right person.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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