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Refreshing your resume

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Keeping your resume up to date and refreshed is one of the most valuable tools you have in your career toolbox. Don't let your resume become stagnant. Even if you aren't presently looking for a new position, keeping your information updated on job boards is very important. You never know when opportunity will come knocking. And not to be negative, but unless you have a crystal ball, you never know when you may need an updated resume, and in a hurry. One of the best ways of keeping your resume up to date is by creating and updating a career management document.

Refreshing your resume

Keeping your resume up to date and refreshed is one of the most valuable tools you have in your career toolbox. Don't let your resume become stagnant. Even if you aren't presently looking for a new position, keeping your information updated on job boards is very important. You never know when opportunity will come knocking. And not to be negative, but unless you have a crystal ball, you never know when you may need an updated resume, and in a hurry. One of the best ways of keeping your resume up to date is by creating and updating a career management document.

A career management document could be a huge asset to working professionals with more than a few years of experience. There is the sample career management worksheet and the bonus materials in your exercise files, which are included free with this course. The more time goes by it gets harder and harder to look back and remember all of your professional achievements and accomplishments. You can use this document to keep track of these achievements by updating it regularly. Then when you see a position you're interested in, you can easily find your accomplishments and achievements that relate to the targeted job.

In this way, you're sure your resume is focused and custom-built for the particular position you are seeking, opening the door to your targeted job. And when you're updating this information, it's a good time to stop an update your resume, and online resumes as well. So what information should you be on the lookout to refresh? Let's take a look at some of the things people most often forget to update on their resumes. You may have learned a new application, such as Flash or Excel. Make sure that you add that new technology.

How about all the new certifications and things you've learned on lynda.com? Don't forget to add those. Delete any outdated information. Delete expendable items, such as obsolete technology, and take off your high school information once you've begun earning college credits. Add any new achievements and accomplishments. Have you changed jobs or gotten a new promotion? Do you have new responsibilities in your current position? Have you won any awards or received special recognition for something? Make sure you add these types of things as they happen so they don't slip your mind.

Include new quantifiable results. Have you saved the company money? Have you made the job or company more efficient? Add any of these types of things using dollar amounts and percentages if possible. Numbers tend to jump off the page. Update relevant information. Add any new classes, seminars, conference, continuing education courses, or any other relevant information that's pertinent to your career or industry. Trim the fat.

As you add more information to your resume, you also need to remember to keep it concise. Get rid of any unnecessary, outdated information. Cut, edit, and trim your resume. Cut information from older positions that is irrelevant and highlight the information that is. Rewrite your past experience by concentrating on including transferable skills and the career or job that you seek. Add new keywords. Industry keywords are constantly changing. Make sure your keywords are up to date and managed the search criteria recruiters and hiring managers will be searching by.

Refresh your numbers. Review numbers throughout your resume. For example, if your resume states that you have five years of experience in the industry and two years have gone by, don't forget to change the number of years of experience to seven. Conduct new research. If you are actively pursuing a new challenge with a particular employer, don't forget to research current information on the company. For example, do they have a new CEO? Have they merged with another company? Find out the newest and most updated information on your prospective employer.

When refreshing your resume and you have many years of experience, consider setting up an early career section where you briefly summarize, or even combine, employers job titles and employment dates. Don't send up any red flags by dating yourself. Revitalizing your resume and keeping your career management document refreshed is a very important step in managing your career. If you keep your resume up to date and ready to go, you'll be prepared at all times.

And keeping updated versions of your resume out on job boards may result in opportunity pounding on your door and ringing the bell.

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Creating an Effective Resume

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  1. 3m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 23s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
    3. Filling out the career management worksheet
      1m 34s
  2. 29m 13s
    1. Creating a marketing campaign
      2m 50s
    2. Discovering your dream job
      3m 39s
    3. Understanding the importance of keywords
      2m 14s
    4. Finding essential keywords
      6m 34s
    5. Incorporating action verbs
      4m 51s
    6. Getting results using PAR statements
      4m 40s
    7. Researching the employer
      4m 25s
  3. 37m 2s
    1. Targeting your resume
      7m 16s
    2. Sidestepping blunders and the "10-Second Screen-Out"
      5m 44s
    3. Deciding on resume length
      6m 29s
    4. Keeping your resume concise
      5m 23s
    5. Refreshing your resume
      4m 52s
    6. Critiquing your resume
      3m 31s
    7. Avoiding identity theft
      3m 47s
  4. 21m 14s
    1. Entering the workforce
      7m 48s
    2. Filling in employment gaps
      5m 21s
    3. Dealing with long-term employment
      3m 9s
    4. Switching career paths
      4m 56s
  5. 12m 38s
    1. Understanding resume jargon
      1m 27s
    2. Reverse chronological
      2m 25s
    3. Functional
      6m 11s
    4. Combined chrono-functional
      2m 35s
  6. 7m 1s
    1. Understanding the curriculum vitae (CV)
      3m 29s
    2. Working with online resumes and portfolios
      3m 32s
  7. 41m 23s
    1. Formatting fundamentals for your resume
      6m 39s
    2. Including (or not including) an objective
      4m 10s
    3. Creating a headline
      5m 1s
    4. Writing a qualifications summary
      4m 47s
    5. Showcasing achievements vs. listing job duties
      5m 31s
    6. Including technical information
      5m 22s
    7. Putting your education to work
      4m 41s
    8. Including awards, honors, and other information
      5m 12s
  8. 19m 1s
    1. Knowing which file format is best
      2m 10s
    2. Saving to earlier versions of Word
      2m 48s
    3. Saving as a PDF
      5m 27s
    4. Creating a RTF version
      3m 54s
    5. Saving to HTML format
      4m 42s
  9. 15m 9s
    1. Evaluating online resume banks
      5m 32s
    2. Writing effective names for resume banks
      3m 43s
    3. Double-checking formatting after uploading
      2m 45s
    4. Becoming too visible
      3m 9s
  10. 21m 45s
    1. Creating a cover letter
      7m 47s
    2. Compiling your references
      4m 35s
    3. Writing thank-you notes
      5m 38s
    4. Printing, copying, and the importance of paper
      3m 45s
  11. 52s
    1. Goodbye
      52s

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