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Update Your Resume!

by Stefanie Spikell,
The William Shakespeare of Resume Writing/Career Coaching

This bears repeating often...update your resume regularly.

It seems a simple thing…to keep you resume updated. But it isn’t.  You perform so many unique projects that if you don’t keep track of them, you may lose sight of all your accomplishments when you are preparing a new resume. Time and again, I have to pull the information out of my clients as to why they are special.  But if you keep a running list of all the projects you’ve preformed and the successes you have achieved, it’ll be a cinch when it’s time to update your resume.

Here are a few other good tips to remember when it’s time to update your resume:

          Be sure that your resume has key words for your industry and easily separates your background from your peers.

          Focus on the tangible achievements such as the things you did well for the company that saved the organization money or that increased revenue.

          Keep the resume to 2 pages, maximum.

          Don’t use personal information, clip art or fancy fonts……….keep to the basics.

          Keep in mind what the hiring manager wants to see, not what YOU want to present.

          Use bullet points extensively – they are easier to read.


Stefanie Spikell, owner of two companies, Expert Resumes and Clear Communications Business Consulting (, is a noted business/careers coach, management consultant and resume writer. In her 20-year career, she has managed marketing communications departments for major engineering firms, taught at the university level, published hundreds of business-related reports and articles, and written thousands of winning resumes.