No matter how much you might love your current job, you've likely got a dream job that you might just love even better. Whether or not the next job you apply for is that dream job, you need to be ready when it arrives. This means keeping your resume up to date and ready to send to a company or recruiter at moment's notice.

Says Lisa Rangel, founder and managing director of Chameleon Resumes, "Ideally you want to be ready with a resume before that recruiter call comes. But let's face it, most of us will do it under pressure after the call comes."

So, instead of waiting until your dream job walks into your life and you need to get your resume in the hands of the recruiter right now, every couple of months make sure that your resume is up to date and ready to go at moment's notice. Believe me, you'll save yourself a lot of worry, and you'll make sure the company with that dream job has all your information right.

Remember: you have just 7.4 seconds to make a great first impression with your resume. When you review and update your resume, Lisa Rangel suggests that you follow these six steps:

1. Make sure your contact information is updated.

Current phone number (mobile) and email is essential. You won't need to include your physical address to send your resume to a third-party recruiter in most cases, but be sure to include your LinkedIn profile vanity URL.

2. Ensure the target role is reflected in the title of your resume.

Don't start this summary section with the word "summary" or "objective."  Use the title as the title. This will visually reinforce to the reader that you want to do what they need.

3. Ask the recruiter what are the top three achievements the prospective employer wants this next hire to do.

Next be sure you have measurable achievements listed that demonstrate how you either have done these accomplishments already or can show how you are positioned to do these wins as next steps in your career.

4. Freshen up the font.

Gravitate towards a font more modern while still conveying an executive feel, such as Calibri or Arial Narrow.

5. Update the visual element to your resume.

Include subtle touches of color in the form of a separator line between sections. 

6. Employ the use of white space in your resume.

Break up blocks of information and use short sentences with numeric- and results-driven content. Remember that readers digest reading your resume in six-second increments, so you want to write digestible morsels to keep them reading and motivated to call. 

Published on: Mar 1, 2019
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