Congratulations on the interview! Now it is time to update your resume and prepare. If you were able to schedule an interview without updating your resume, you may be applying for an internal position at your current company, or you skipped the resume step because of a connection. Either way, you want to walk into an interview with the most updated version of your resume tailored to the position you are interviewing for. But how can you create a fast and easy resume tonight?
Updating your current resume
In order to make modifications to your current resume you have to know what you are tailoring it to. Print off the job description and any additional information you have about the position you are interviewing for. The first step to tailoring your resume is modifying the objective or professional summary. You want to include the company name and position as well as the list of skills you have that they are looking for in a candidate.
Next, you want to arrange and prioritize the bullet points that describe your previous experience in a way that makes sense to the potential employer. The majority of employers are only going to skim your resume, not read it word for word, so move the most relevant bullet points to the top to stand out. This also goes for sections of your resume. If the position requires a certain degree and/or you recently graduated, move your ‘Education’ section to the top of your resume.
Starting from scratch
If your interview is for a new industry or you are transitioning to a new career, there may be some additional research you need to do on building your resume. Research relevant resume tips from reliable sources – but don’t get caught up in reviewing hundreds of ‘before and after’ resumes. Some industries may prefer resumes be laid out a certain way – for example, ‘Technology Skills’ at the top so employers automatically know you meet the requirements of the position.
Building impactful bullet points
Because employers skim resumes, making your bullet points stand out is very important. Using impactful verbs that accurately represent your experience and skills will help your resume stand out. Avoid the overused “Responsible for…” and “Worked on…” because everyone has been responsible for something and worked on something during their previous experience. Add measurable results to your bullet points as much as possible. By showing the employer that you were able to produce results at your previous positions; you will most likely be able to do it for them as well.
Tips for every industry
- Your resume is a business document and will not be chosen because it is “pretty”, so keep your resume professional.
- Always tailor your resume to the position and company you are applying for.
- Include required skills, education and experience for the position.
- Don’t forget your contact information and make it professional – Email address, phone number (including voicemail message) and address.
- 5 Commonly Asked Resume Questions (money.usnews.com)
- My friend gave me resume samples which one do I pick? (helpyourcareer.org)
- Tips on Writing an Effective Resume Presented by Phoenix Staff, Inc. (prweb.com)