Could your resume use a reboot? If so, you’re not alone. If you can’t remember when you last reviewed it, it’s time to dust it off and add any new accomplishments, skills or experience you’ve gained recently so you’re ready for anything.
“It’s important to keep your resume current so you’re prepared to take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way,” says Francine Blume, UMGC Assistant Vice President of Career Development.
In honor of International Update Your Resume Month, here’s an overview of all of the resume-boosting tools available on CareerQuest to help you keep your resume fresh, current and ready for prime time.
Quick-start resume tools
Although this month is dedicated to updating your resume, it’s also a great time to create one from scratch if you’re just starting out with your career. Begin with the Resume Tutorial. Thistool walks you through the basics, including the purpose of a resume, defining your job goals, different resume formats and tips for creating a resume that will get you noticed by employers.
Then, you can create your first draft using the Resume Builder on CareerQuest. This easy-to-use resume template guides you through each section of your resume. When you’re done, you’ll have a polished resume that you can share digitally or print based on your needs.
Could you use another set of eyes and a fresh perspective on your resume and your LinkedIn profile? Simply run both through the VMOCK tool. You’ll receive an instant resume assessment and a critique of your LinkedIn profile—feedback you can incorporate when you update these important career tools.
“Vmock allows you to select the career type of your choice, and it uses that information in its evaluation,” notes Blume. “This means you get more personalized feedback to help you put your best foot forward to get the attention of recruiters.”
As easy as it is to have one resume to apply to multiple jobs at once, your resume is not one-size-fits all. You should customize your resume for every position you apply for. This is especially important today because many employers use applicant tracking systems (ATS) for online job applications. ATS automatically assign applicants a score based on how well their resumes matches the needs of the job. Hiring managers often use this score to determine who to consider for a position.
Resunate is a tool that can help improve your ATS ranking and boost your chances of securing an interview. Simply upload the job description and your resume in Resunate. The tool’s “Auto Focus” feature automatically picks the parts of your resume that match the best against the job and arranges them into a resume that maximizes your interview chances.
“Resunate really helps you zero in on what parts of your experiences directly benefit the employer,” explains Blume. “This will help set you apart.”
Bonus resume webinar
Looking for even more great resume tips? Watch the Creating a Stand-out Resume webinar for a deeper dive into the key elements of a resume and how to leverage it to get ahead in your career.
“Whatever tools you decide to use, the most important thing you can do is make sure your resume is up to date and ready to go at a moment’s notice,” sums up Blume.
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