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Day 6 Update Your Resume

Day 6 Update Your Resume None of us need reminding that the economy is in the tank right now. In this tight job market, every small thing can mean the difference between landing a job and being unemployed. Today we’re going to focus on one of those “small” things: our resume. I don’t know everyone’s story out there, but I’m sure many of you are looking for work. And having an updated, sharp-looking resume is an essential part of networking like a man. Even if you have a job, it’s a good idea to update your resume. Why? Well, first, there’s a chance you could lose your job, and you want to be able to start looking for new work immediately instead of having to spend time working on your resume. Second, perhaps a better job opportunity will show up. Many times, such opportunities are time sensitive, meaning the first to get his foot in the door usually gets the job. We all need to be ready for these opportunities when they present themselves by having resumes that are ready to be printed off and placed in someone’s hand. So today’s task is to update our resumes. If you don’t have a resume, then today’s a good day to start one. I’d suggest first reading our articles “How to Write a Resume” and “The Importance of a Good Resume”. Before we get to the task, let’s take a look at 7 pointers to ensure that we all have killer resumes. Tips for Updating Your Resume 1. Brainstorm. First, check to see if there’s anything you can add to update your resume. If you look down at your resume and nothing comes to you, pull out an empty sheet of paper and list all the projects you’ve worked on, all the training you’ve accomplished, and any

30 Days to a better man awards you’ve received since the last time you looked at your resume. If you’ve done any volunteer work during that time period, add that too. 2. Eliminate outdated info and “padding.” Now that we’ve made a list of new stuff that we can add, take a hard look at your current resume and your new list of items. Are there items on your current resume that are just padding? Perhaps there’s some achievement on your new list that is much stronger and impressive than what you currently have. If so, replace the old achievement with the new. Update any new certifications you may have received. And make double sure that all your contact info is up-to-date. You don’t want to miss a job opportunity because you gave your old phone number and email in your resume. 3. Update your format. If you’re like most people, when you first wrote your resume, you probably just used a Word template. But we want our resumes to stand out. It’s hard to be unique if you use the same template that every other candidate is using. Instead of using a Word template, take a look at some sample resumes online. Below, we’ve included a few online resources you can use in your research. Also, it doesn’t hurt to ask friends and colleagues in the same field as you if you can see their resumes to get inspiration on how to format yours. Further reading: • LifeClever Template (Word doc — highly recommended) 4. Replace fluff words with concrete language and specific numbers. Your resume is no time to be vague. So phrases like “Good people skills” have to go. Instead, replace such vague phrases with action words that give specific numbers. Instead of saying “Good people skills,” say something like, “Managed 45 employees and conducted monthly interviews with each of them.” 40