Does your resume need a makeover? If it's not measuring up to the competition, and the job search competition is tough, it might.
If you haven't updated your resume since you can remember, didn't think about resume keywords when you wrote your position descriptions, or are including over 15 years of experience on your resume, it might need a makeover.
There's no need to throw your resume out and start from scratch, but it's always a good idea to update and refresh it. If you don't, you'll be reducing your chances of getting selected for an interview.
Years of Experience to Include
In a nutshell, there's no need to include more than the last 10 - 15 years of work experience on your resume. If you graduated from college more than a few years ago, you don't need to include the dates you went to school. The same holds true for military experience. There's no need to advertise how old you are on your resume.
It's important to include keywords on your resume and if you haven't done so yet, that should be part of making over your resume. Your resume keywords should include specific job requirements, including your skills, software and technology competencies, relevant credentials, and previous employers.
Consider replacing your resume objective, if you have one, with a resume profile that includes a brief summary of your skills, experiences, and goals as they relate to the job for which you are applying.
When you're done with your resume, give your LinkedIn Profile a makeover as well. Here's a step-by-step guide on what to include in your LinkedIn Profile. Do be sure that your resume matches your LinkedIn Profile, because any discrepancies will be a red flag to a prospective employer.
It's worth taking the time to update your resume on a regular basis. It's much easier to refresh your resume every once in a while than it is to have to start over because you haven't looked at your resume since you can remember. In fact, not remembering where you worked when can be a problem. If you need the information to update your resume, here's how to find your personal employment history.