Resume Refresh Tips

The job market is changing – people are staying at the same company for less time, which means you need to make sure your resume and LinkedIn profiles are always in tip-top shape.

  1. Be as specific as possible – Avoid phrases and non-sensical words like “determined”, “natural born leader”, and “hardworker”. At this point, all of these attributes shouldn’t have to be said by you, they should be said by the accomplishments and duties you list.
  2. Use Bullet Points – Although admonished throughout school, it’s actually more effective to use bullet points now instead of traditional paragraph-descriptions of your jobs and duties. Instead, write 1-2 short sentences that give a brief overview (think of it like the ultimate elevator pitch) and then list 3-6 bullet points that further flesh out what you’ve written.
  3. Use a value statement – Less common on actual resumes, though if you are a new grad without a lot of expereince, adding one to the top of your resume could help flesh it out, and more common on LinkedIn value statements are necessary. The value statement on LinkedIn sits at the top of your profile, before any of the actual meat of your resume. Your value statement should include the skills, experience, and personality traits that qualify you for this particular role. Although the one on your LinkedIn should remain general, you might want to tweak what appears on your resume.
  4. KISS it – Keep it simple, stupid – In the world of photoshop, dreamweaver, behance templates, and countless resumes it is hard not to want to make your resume a colorful menagerie of your career…but remember not to go overboard. Readability and ability to quickly consume the main take-aways of your resume should be your priority. While extra flourishes and special touches should be added, try not to go too crazy.
  5. Focus on accomplishments, not responsibilities – Responsibilities, while some should be added, should not be what your resume highlights. Instead, make sure to focus on your specific accomplishments. It is these accomplishments that make you a valuable, memorable resume! For example, if you create a newsletter make sure to highlight audience size, any increase in open rates that were your fault, if you coordinated advertisements (and how much those advertisements were worth), etc.

Feeling inspired, but don’t know where to start? We’ve curated a few lists of resume templates that cater to the 5 above refresh tips! Check them out below:

  1. Buzzfeed’s list keeps it easy, light and bright. Numbers 1, 8, 10, and 18 are our favorites.
  2. Skillcrush’s list offers simple, no-fuss designs. Our favorites on this list are 3, 9, and 12.
  3. If you are looking to jazz up your resume, especially if you’re going for a creative-based or design job, you might want to check out Creative Bloq’s list. Our favorites are 4,  5, 11, and 12.