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If you’re looking for a new job, then it’s time to pay close attention to your resume. If you’re still using the same one you had four years ago, you’ll find it’s likely hiring managers and recruiters may not be paying attention. Your resume is the first way and the first time you’ll be able to make a first impression on those who have the ability to hire you.
Some surveys find that up to 8% of those living in the U.S. cannot even remember the last time they looked at their resume. This is not a positive strategy for looking for a new job. It’s likely to result in a truly negative experience. Although you don’t have to update your resume every time you get a new assignment at work, it should be a habit to refresh it regularly.
For those who travel and take frequent assignments, it can be challenging to update your resume if you don’t do it frequently. But, even if you’re in the same position for years at a time, you should look at your resume every 12 months to add new skills and experiences, certifications, and awards that you may have received in the past year. When left to the last minute, you will undoubtedly forget to add an important event.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, resumes were a single column down the center of the page in which the summary appeared at the top, education directly underneath, and your experience listed from current to past years listed beneath that. Today, hiring managers are sometimes making quick decisions about what resume they’ll even read by looking at the formatting. While judging a book by its cover is not the smartest way to hire the brightest employees, unfortunately, many hiring managers are presented with tens of resumes and most weed through the first ones quickly.
At Capital Healthcare Solutions, we will critique your resume and offer formatting suggestions so your resume can be found at the top of the pile. Contact our professional recruiters today, and let’s get started helping you find your dream job.