One of the most important things employers look for in candidates is a
familiarity with modern technology and business strategies. And while you
may have excellent technical skills and be a wizard at strategic planning or
market research, it could all be for naught if you're still using your
Remember, your resume is the first impression an employer gets of you. If
you're using an out of date style or including information that's no longer
relevant, you might as well be sending a picture of yourself in a 1970's
Here are a few signs that your resume might need a
professional makeover to bring it up to date:1. Contact Information.
your resume still have a fax number listed, or a beeper number? Does it lack
an e-mail address? Nothing says "out of date" more than using old-fashioned
contact technologies.2. Objective vs. Summary.
Does your resume still open
with an Objective? If so, you're about 10 years behind the times. Today's
resumes focus on what you can do for the employer, not what type of job or
career you're looking for.3. Font.
Still using Times Roman or Courier for
your resume font? People are going to wonder how old your computer is. The
current popular fonts today are Arial, Century, and Calibri, among others.
Do you still list them on the resume? Or perhaps you're using
that standby statement, "References available on request" at the end of the
resume? If so, you're turning your resume into an employment dinosaur. HR
offices use Google and other searches to check on the reputations of
potential employees. The only reference list you should have is the one you
bring to the interview.5. Personal qualities.
Listing your personal
qualities on the resume is a throwback to the 80s. Today's hiring managers
want to see specific accomplishments and quantifiable results, not basic,
bland descriptions of communication skills, personal loyalty, or
hard-working attitude. The point is, your
has to be up to date with the latest styles and trends, or
readers are going to think you're too old or too technology-deficient to be
considered for an interview. Don't be left in the dust—bring your resume
into the electronic age!Tips for Modernizing Your Resume
- Dump the
old-fashioned graphics. Pictures, clip art, and fancy graphics have no place
on today's resumes. Keep things clean and simple.
- Use your paper space
wisely. Don't place your dates and section headings on the left side, and
then all the content to the right. That's how people did it back in the days
of the typewriter.
- Find out the trends. Do your homework and go online to
various resume-writing websites, and see how their resumes look. Get an idea
of common trends and styles. Does yours match, or does it look very
different? If the latter, you might not be as up to date as you thought.
- Avoid using the templates in your word processing system. They are typically
10 years out of date.