Resume Changes Throughout Your Career
When searching for a job, regardless of what stage you are at in your career, you will need a resume. At the beginning of your career, your resume will (and should) look very different compared to your resume when seeking senior-level jobs. Figuring out what to include and what not to include can be both an overwhelming and daunting experience. Knowing what to include in your resume each step of the way can ease those feelings.
If you have a few years of experience under your belt and are looking for the next step in your career, or even if you’re looking for a career change altogether, your resume must reflect that. In order to do so, you must make some changes to your resume.
Although looking for your first job is a competitive process, applying to more advanced or senior-level positions can be even more competitive. At this level, your competition for the job also have varied experience and come from many different walks of life. In order to stand out, your resume will need to impress the hiring managers. Did you know that the average length of time a hiring manger spends on your resume is just six seconds? To make the best first impression, our friends over at TopResume created the “Six-Second Test” and offer a free resume review for job seekers.
If you’re ready to make a change and seek out a new challenge in your career, there are a few things that you should be sure to include in your resume. For more, check out this article by TopResume.
Showcase Your Credentials
Do you have an advanced degree or any professional certifications? Why wait to include them further down your resume. You should showcase them right away so it is one of the first things that a hiring manager sees on your resume. If you’re applying to a job that requires a certification, showing it right off the bat can catch the hiring manager’s eye and make them more interested in the rest of your resume.
Focus On Most Recent Work Experience
Regardless at what point you’re at in your career, your resume should be in chronological order. If you’re applying for a senior-level position, you should provide the most emphasis on your most recent or current position as the skills you’ve learned in this role will likely provide a foundation for success in the role to which you’re applying. You should spend the most time finetuning this section of your resume as it can show the recruiter or hiring manager what your role entails and show your transferrable skills.
Move Your Education To The End
When you’re looking for your first job, you are likely fresh out of college so including your educational information at the top of your resume is recommended. However, once you’ve landed your first job, it is time to move your education section to the end of your resume, or at least out of the first spot. Once you’re in your career, your relevant work experience becomes your biggest selling point for future career moves.
One of the most common myths surrounding resumes is to condense your skills and experience to one page. By using two pages, you are provided plenty of space to include your work history and accomplishments. You can still choose whether or not to include early entry-level jobs, depending on their relevance to your career goals, but they will be on the second page thanks to chronological order. Make sure you’re including relevant information and decide which details are most important. If you can condense everything to one page, great! However, going onto a second page is not the kiss of death that it is commonly thought of as.
As you progress through your career, it is important to stay up-to-date with the changing environment. Your resume is no different. When looking for new roles, make sure that your resume reflects your most recent experience and that you aren’t using the same resume you did to find your first career.