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How To Update A Resume For Women Who Want To Get Ahead

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Updating your resume is not the most exciting task in the world, but it is super important. And I can tell you right now that if you don’t update it on a regular basis, it becomes an even bigger chore.

It may feel like a mammoth task. But how do you eat an elephant? A little bit at a time.

In this blog post, I’m going to explain why keeping your resume up-to-date is essential if you want to get ahead. And I’ll also give you some top tips on how to do it…

Watch my free resume training video here!

Why update your resume

But first, let me convince you of the importance of updating your resume. In my experience, the top reasons are:

1. Never forget your skills and achievements

As ridiculous as it may sound if you don’t write down what you’ve achieved professionally you might forget it!

I know my memory isn’t what it used to be. Can you definitively say that you recall the ins and outs of that project you ran back in 2016? What about the results it got?

But you know what’s the additional benefit of recalling your achievements on a regular basis? The morale boost. Remembering your past professional projects and the skills you honed during that time makes you feel good and reminds you of how capable you are.

It can also help to focus the mind and highlight what you excel at and what you enjoy. This could lead to you being more able to spot the right opportunity when it comes along. And ultimately get ahead.

2. Always available for an opportunity

When opportunity knocks, you want to be ready. And opportunities have so many guises. You don’t need to be seeking work actively to get an opportunity. There could be an internal promotion. Perhaps you’re head hunted, or you meet someone at a networking event.  

Whatever form opportunity takes, if your resume is up-to-date, not only are you more likely to recall the great stuff you’ve done during a spontaneous meeting, but it also reduces the stress of having to pull together a resume at the last minute.

How to update a resume

Ok, now you’re on board with why we can dive into how.

This post is about updating your resume. So if you’re just starting out and you haven’t created yours yet, check out this blog post first: 3 Ways To Have Your Resume Stand Out.

Once you’ve got your epic resume, you need to keep it that way. And you need to make sure the right people get to see it. Here are a few simple things you can do to keep your professional profile up-to-date:

  • Keep your LinkedIn and paper versions the same
    • This is important for the consistency of your personal brand. (Yes, you have a personal brand! It’s your own unique way of being professionally awesome.)
    • It ensures that people trust what you’re telling them when the information is consistent.
  • Click the button in LinkedIn that tells recruiters “you’re available”
    • This is a super easy and instant way of updating your status if you’re actively looking for work – it’s like a signal to recruiters that they can view your profile and contact you.
    • And it’s a motivating reminder to you to review your digital profile and ensure it’s got all the latest information!
  • Create a profile on SEEK.com and upload your most up-to-date resume

I recommend reviewing and updating your paper resume once every 6 months or so. You can set a reminder in your calendar if you think you’ll forget. For your digital resume, and to keep on top of your key skills and achievements, I suggest more regular updates; once a quarter is ideal.  

Don’t forget, a killer resume’s best friend is a knockout cover letter. Before you tackle yours, make sure you read this: Tips For Writing An Epic Cover Letter.

I hope you’re feeling more excited about updating your resume now! Stay tuned on the blog for more tips on how to supercharge your career and get ahead.

 

3 Ways To Have Your Resume Stand Out

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Is it just me, or is there a ridiculous amount of information online about how to write a resume?  To me, it’s all pretty “same-same”; don’t go over 3-4 pages, watch for spelling errors, ensure you include a cover letter…

That’s all great, but it’s probably stuff you know already, right?

If you’re like me, you’re wanting a resume that is not only going to stand out, but one that is going to LEAP out at the hiring manager and land you the interview for [insert dream role here], yes?

Well, here’s three ways you can increase your chances of getting an interview and start bathing in recruiter phone calls…

  1. MAKE IT EASY TO READ (YOUR RESUME IS NOT ABOUT YOU!)

You’re thinking “huh? My resume is totally about me isn’t it?”.  Nope.

If there’s one tip you take away today, it should be this:

The design of your resume is not about you; it is all about the person reading it and how easy it is for that person to get the information they need to make a decision about you.

Let me share with you a little secret.  Most recruiters and HR peeps only skim resumes (we’re pretty busy ok!), so you’re probably only going to get around 6-8 seconds to impress us.

That means you need to construct your resume in a way that fulfills their need. So, fulfill their need, ladies!

Include the most important info on the front page.  That should include at least your contact info, skills, education, job summary and any relevant software.  To ensure you’ve got it all covered, I’ve created a resume cheat sheet for you.

You want to excite them on the front page, so they fall in love with you and keep reading.  Then, once you implement tip #2 below, they’ll be wanting to get you locked in to see them, stat.

  1. MOST RESUMES ARE BORING (SO MAKE YOUR’S APPEALING!)

This is where most people get it wrong.  They write down every. single. thing. they do day to day in each of their jobs.  Basically, it’s a “to do” list and they expect that kind of info will impress.

It doesn’t.

It just shows that you can cram a whole bunch of text on a page and that you’re busy.  Everyone’s busy, don’t you know?

What you want to write is how you’ve contributed to a business.  How you’ve added value.  That lovely ladies, is impressive. Oh yeah.  Talk to me about how you’ve increased sales, created process efficiencies, increased engagement, improved customer service, and I’m yours; hook, line and sinker baby!

There is a particular way to write this (without sounding like a douche), and I go through it in detail in my step by step resume training which includes “done for you” resume templates and a stack of practical examples (simply copy, paste and adjust!).

Get this bit right and they’ll be no stopping you.

  1. INCLUDE A COVER LETTER

It’s amazing how many people don’t write a cover letter.  And when they do, it’s generic and boring and tells me nothing about you.

In my post Don’t write your cover letter without first reading this, I talk about how your cover letter is more than an introduction, it’s your opportunity to stand out.  And to stand out “rock star” style, consider using the same design template as your resume, including your job summary, contact info, skills, education, and any relevant software on that front page.

That way, they get all the best information about you upfront and will certainly impress them in that teeny tiny 6-8 seconds of their brain capacity.

If you’re unsure you’ve got the right templates, use mine!  They’re tried and tested and have gotten jobs a plenty! Plus, you get them as bonuses when you sign up for my step by step resume training.

Alright, time to get your resume writing on ladies.  Take a deep breath and say: “I’ve got this!”.