It’s the new year! And, for many people, that means evaluating your job situation and potentially looking for a new career path. Before you go through your file archives and send in your dusty, old, and outdated resume, consider making these five changes before blasting it out to job opportunities. (And, if you are looking to make changes NOW, check out our Master Your Job Hunt email course)

Tip #1 – Remove any sort of objective. Yes – you read that correctly. Now, I KNOW that if you last completed your resume 10+ years ago, you most likely have an objective on there and that is what you were taught do to. However, today that is replaced with a career summary. After all, if you are sending a resume, isn’t your objective clear? (It’s to get a new job!)

Tip #2 – Check your job history and consider relevance. I have worked with clients that want to keep their ENTIRE job history on the document. While I appreciate that each job probably had a learning lesson or helped you hone your skills, the fact that you worked at a bank in high school (by the way—that was my high school job) doesn’t really matter if that was 20+ years ago. Now, if you are applying to work at a bank, that may be a different story. If not, then consider if the job is even relevant anymore.

Tip #3 – Be concise. Do NOT include your entire job description. Hiring managers and recruiters merely glance at a resume for about five to seven seconds. Do you really think they are reading the entire thing? Here is a hint: NO—they aren’t reading it at all. They are skimming it. Don’t include extra fluff just for the sake of adding to the text. It won’t matter.

Tip #4 – Remove any years that “date” you. Who knows when the possibility of age discrimination starts? It could be when you reach the age of 40, 50, or 60. But, why give anyone the opportunity to increase the chance of age discrimination? (Check out some tips for seasoned job seekers) Instead, use the dates for the last 10-15 years of job descriptions—if you include anything prior to that, remove the dates. And, remember that you do NOT have to include dates on your education.

Tip #5 – Have a trusted friend or colleague review your resume. This is probably the best tip I can give you. Did you know that our brains have a way of tricking your eyes and adding things that aren’t there? Or, your brain can even turn a misspelled word into a correctly spelled word? That’s right! What does that mean? It means that you are NOT the best proofreader of your own material. Get someone else to review it and provide you with feedback.

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