BusinessInsider has an article by Sara McCord that talks about how to improve your resume in 30 minutes or less. I love each piece of the advice but I will point out that it is hard to be impartial while reviewing your own resume - case in point, a recent client with 15 years work experience had a 4 page resume. Yes, you read that right, 4 pages. I went through it and got it down to a succinct 2 pages with a focus on the high level summary and made it an overall more appealing document for hiring managers (oh, and for only $50). How many of you think a 4 page resume is too long? At times, it can be necessary - like for a CV in academia with lots of publications but this individual was in regular industry.
That being said, her advice about adding new content, restructuring, editing and making it shine are all great. A resume is a living document but of course we do not update it daily. So when you are now looking for your next step, you do need to brush off the resume and add to it, update it, etc. Remember, though, you want to keep it looking professional by following some guidelines re length of resume, where education goes, etc.
The first time I had my resume reviewed was when I was moving back from the dot-com in late 1999 - I had two short-term job experiences and a lot of education background information and when this resume guru who was actually in law reviewed my resume, I left his office feeling like I had been beat up. He decimated my resume. But, it was ultimately for the best because his edited version led to so much more interest, interviews and job offers. And that is what it is all about. So try to get your resume decimated by a third party whenever you can - why don't you check out my product pages on The Next Step and consider getting your resume reviewed and professionally edited by me for $50. It will be well worth it!
BusinessInsider How to Improve Your Resume in 30 Minutes or Less
Lisa Vento Nielsen