How to update your resume for 2024
Each year brings new opportunities, and 2024 is no different.
Whether you’re actively looking for a new job or simply keeping your options open, the start of the year is always a great time to revise your resume. It's best to have a modified version ready in case exciting opportunities come your way.
Metro News Central listed all the easy tricks for editing resumes to make it more convenient for you.
Update your accomplishments
For sure, you've worked hard the past year. Your resume should reflect the goals you achieved and the problems you solved in your current roles. Quantify your success and accomplishments to illustrate your career progression and what you can contribute to an organization.
Revisit your skills section
Have you acquired new skills in the past year, like mastering a new application or an AI tool such as ChatGPT? Given the rapid developments in artificial intelligence, it won't hurt to demonstrate proficiency with these trends, which means you are adaptable and versatile. The workplace competition is tough, but you can still stand out through your updated resume.
Include new coursework
If you've completed recent courses, certifications, or workshops, leverage these on your resume to show that you’re a self-starter committed to growing outside your organization. The times may be changing, but most, if not all, employers want to hire applicants who can prove they're dedicated to lifelong learning and self-improvement.
Showcase your online portfolio and social media
Are you a thought leader in your industry? Do you have a substantial follower base on LinkedIn or X? Incorporate your website, online portfolio, or social media accounts into your resume to demonstrate your expertise in the online sphere and the industry you're in. It will also allow recruiters to quickly access more details about your work. But only include it if you're posting content relevant to the job you're applying for. And please, remove anything from your online accounts that you wouldn't want a potential employer to see such as work-related rants.
Get rid of clutter
After revising your resume, remove unnecessary details like job experience from long ago, particularly if it's not relevant to the position you’re applying for. You can also get rid of the hobbies and interests section that won't help you secure your dream job. While some employers prefer a more comprehensive curriculum vitae, remember that a resume typically fits on a single page, unless you have more than 10 to 15 years of professional experience.
Edit, then edit again
Content matters, but ensure you use proper spelling, punctuation, and consistent verbs — especially when highlighting your accomplishments. Even a simple error can reflect poorly on you. When submitting resumes, we present our best selves so you should pay more attention to details.
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