Spring cleaning for your resume

Spring is (almost) upon us. The season brings warmer temperatures, frizzier hair, and the inspiration to get things organized and clean up.

 This is my hair in the spring humidity

This is my hair in the spring humidity

It never hurts to get a jump start on spring cleaning - why not start with your resume?

Declutter While we don't offer revolutionary, Japanese-inspired approaches to decluttering your resume, there are common sense rules that go a long way. Get rid of things that are 10+ years old, or that are irrelevant to positions you want to pursue. It's great you one the science fair in 8th grade, but no one in your marketing industry cares. A study conducted by TheLadders.com shows you have 6 seconds to make an impression. Don't mess it up by being the hoarders of resume content.

Declutter While we don't offer revolutionary, Japanese-inspired approaches to decluttering your resume, there are common sense rules that go a long way. Get rid of things that are 10+ years old, or that are irrelevant to positions you want to pursue. It's great you one the science fair in 8th grade, but no one in your marketing industry cares. A study conducted by TheLadders.com shows you have six seconds to make an impression. Don't mess it up by being the hoarders of resume content.

 Does your resume resemble this room?

Does your resume resemble this room?

Rearrange Did you ever feel that life changing moment when you move your couch from one side of the room to the other and life instantly improves? The same happens when you move stuff around on your resume. If you are thinking of entering a new industry, you may consider changing how you prioritize your experience. You may also think about trimming some areas to make room for a Summary of Experience. A summary is a great chance to craft 3-5 different bullet points that describe you and your high level experience as it appropriately relates to a job/industry.

Update Is your resume still rocking the Jennifer Aniston (oops - two Friends references in one post. I blame Netflix). Consider giving it a makeover to stay on trend with current styles. Times New Roman and Arial are not the only professional fonts out there; give Century Gothic a whirl. If you aren’t showcasing current hard skills you have such as social media management make sure to include them!

 This was cute...in the '90s.

This was cute...in the '90s.

A resume is a crucial way to showcase the great professional experience you have and what you bring to a position. Keeping it updated is important for your professional development. If making these changes seem daunting - don’t stress! You hire a professional organizer, an interior decorator, or a hair stylist to make some of the changes that help you in your personal life. Consider the help of a trusted colleague, or seek out a coach (cough, cough - we can help) to get your resume up to date and looking great.