Every graduate probably has a resume prepared as they start to search for their first job after college. Over time, it may be necessary to update your resume. When is the best time to redo your resume?
A job seeker who started sending out resumes before graduation will want to update their resume after graduation. Review the entire resume carefully to be sure there are no confusing details left over from before you graduated. You may also wish to add some details after graduation, like your cumulative GPA (if it is respectably high), or any awards or recognitions from your last semester of college.
Many job seekers make minor adjustments to their resume before applying for each job. This a fairly recent luxury that is made possible by personal computers and affordable, high-quality printers. It’s never a good idea to falsify information on your resume, or to misrepresent important details, but making minor adjustments allows your resume to be tailored to the specific job. This is important when applying for a variety of jobs since most resumes are too short to contain every important detail or accomplishment.
Always review your contact information before sending out a resume. It’s easy to forget a detail like this when attaching a resume file to an e-mail, for example. Has your e-mail address or phone number changed after graduation? Have you moved to a new city?
Verify that your contact information is current before sending your resume, and update your information whenever it changes. You wouldn’t want to miss your dream job because an employer was confused by outdated information, or tried to contact you using an outdated address or number.
Any time you pursue advanced education is also a good time to redo your resume. Enrolling in a graduate program, or even taking classes for a new certification, can help to make your resume stand out from others. Take advantage of this opportunity to update your resume with any new certifications, accomplishments, or coursework.