When was the last time you reviewed your resume?
For most people, a resume is something that gets dusted off when they are considering looking for a new job, but experts say that you should be revising your resume at least every six months
For most people, a resume is something that gets dusted off when they are considering looking for a new job, but experts say that you should be revising your resume at least every six months. If that sounds intimidating, don’t fret. There are a few ways that you can freshen up your resume that will not require a full rewrite.
Consider your accomplishments.
What have you done lately that could be added to your resume? Have you completed a big project? Take some time to go over what you’ve been working on most recently and see how it could be added to your resume. It might not be a new project, but maybe you are managing more people or have been appointed to a new committee.
Create a brag file.
You are amazing so make sure you have something to document that awesome-ness. Keep a file of thanks, recommendations, or kudos that you’ve received. Short statements can serve as social proof of your career success and will help you remember all the times that you’ve been recognized for your work. Keep this file handy to review before you apply for a new job or promotion and for your annual performance review.
Learn something new.
The Professional Development Center is here to help you sharpen your skills or make the move to a new career with classes and certificate programs that are designed to be done while you work full-time. Our industry experts can help you learn, grow, and lead toward your future career goals. We also offer online, on-demand courses through our educational partner MindEdge that range from 3 to 12 hours across a wide range of topics. Adding your recent course completion to your resume can demonstrate your ongoing dedication to professional growth.
Add your volunteer efforts
Sometimes it is through our volunteer activities that we have the most opportunity for career-related growth. Perhaps you have organized an auction for your kid’s PTA or you are participating in park clean-up activities. While it might be important for every job, sometimes having your volunteer roles listed on your resume can help provide additional examples of your experience that you might bring to a new job.
Talk to the Experts
If you are a UW graduate, contact the Career Center and get some feedback on your resume. The helpful career counselors are available to you regardless of when you graduated.
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