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In today’s job market and economy, it’s so important to have up to date skills listed on your resume. Finding a job is hard enough these days, but add an out of date skill list and it becomes near impossible. Employers are looking for those job candidates who are not only qualified for the position, but who’s skills are up to date and those who have mastered those skills.
Here are some quick tips for updating your resume and skills list to help you bag that job.
1. Make sure that you info is current. Right down to your email address. Also, take a mindful eye to what information is on your social media profiles. A lot of prospective employers (myself included) are turning to social media to learn more about future employees. There has been more than 1 person who’s lost the chance at a job due to their Facebook profile. Check your status updates, pics and any other area that they may have access to.
2. Anytime you’re submitting something in writing, please be sure that it’s worded well and that you are using proper grammar. If you’re unsure of the way a word is supposed to be used, Google can be your best friend. Common grammar mistakes are a quick way to make it seem as if you’re uneducated, when you may in fact not be.
- Double check your use of: your (as in “your car”) and you’re (as in you are driving); too (as in also), two (the number) and to (I’m going to the store); their (as in “this is their car”), they’re (they are going to the store) and there (She’s over there); and any others that you may have a problem with. (I have a problem with its’ and it’s so don’t feel bad if you have issues with any of these.)
3. Format your resume in an easily readable way. One of the worst resume’s I have ever seen was formatted so strange that it confused. I’m almost certain that was the point; to draw away from the lack of skills and job experience; but if your resume is confusing to read? It will end up nowhere else that the trash pile.
4. Stay away from slang. Slang is fine when you’re hanging out with your friends. However, in no situation is slang acceptable on a resume.
5. Brush up on your professional skills. No employer wants an employee that they will have to re-train how to do something. Make sure that you are 100% up to date on whatever professional skills you may need. There are plenty of programs on the internet that will allow you to do this on a budget. One of my favorite programs is Smarterer. Smarterer allows you to test your competency level for certain skills and then brush up on them! They offer everything from basic math to HTML and SQL! It’s great for those of us who just need a little reminder of how things are done.
Check out Smarterer if you’re interested!
Need to brush up on your language skills? Check out LiveMocha. You can teach yourself any language that they offer…for free. You’ll learn from the same premise that the Rosetta Stone program uses! I taught myself to speak both Dutch and German for free, with Live Mocha.
Need to improve your typing? Check out Typing Web.
Looking for college classes? You can get those FREE too! Check out Open Culture! They’ve got over 500 college classes, from major universities, all for FREE.
There are so many programs that you could use to help. Just search and you’ll find them!
Going over your resume and making sure that it’s not only up to date, but also looks and presents well may very well be your saving grace for finding that job you want! Good luck and happy job hunting!