How to Update Your Resume

resumeThe "Be prepared" motto is not only a perfect advice for Boy Scouts, but also for career people. The perfect career opportunity may come knocking on your door at the most unexpected times. If a hiring manager called you right now with the job of your dream, would you be prepared to send out an updated resume in an instant?

According to resume expert Lauren Milligan, making your resume up-to-date does not have to be painful or too time-consuming. Here are some helpful tips to follow:

See what new things you can add

You do not have to create a totally new resume. All you need is to freshen up your credentials. Milligan says, "Look at the bottom of your resume and see if there’s anything new that you can add. Workshops, professional training, or awards are a quick way to add something current."

Delete irrelevant positions

Delete positions that are now irrelevant to your goals. It would be easier for you to decide which one to delete by looking at the position closest to the bottom part of your resume. "Ask yourself if it’s still relevant to your current career goal. If it’s not, delete it so you can build on more current accomplishments that will further your career," Milligan advises.

If that position is to some extent still relevant, edit it down. Milligan says, "The very first position you held should get the least amount of attention."

Focus on your current job

Focus your attention on your present job. You should update any new accomplishments or projects that have happened over the past year. Even if the achievement is not as big as a promotion, still include it to your latest resume.

Update your look

Updated information deserves an updated look. If your resume looks dated, plain, and dull, now is the right time to give it a facelift. Make it more polished and stylish. "If you’re still using the same resume format you used a few years ago, you should change it to something more suited to the positions you’re currently pursuing — not those you had after graduation," says Milligan. Just make sure that you do not overdo the makeover. Make it also available in several formats (Word, PDF, and text only).


Nothing can be more mortifying than sending out a resume infested with typo errors, spelling errors, grammatical errors, and factual errors. Here’s a piece of advice: Proofread, proofread, and proofread. Says Milligan, "Every time you make any changes to your resume, it’s possible to introduce another error. Proofread it again and again, and ask a few friends to look at it, also. You can never be too careful."

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