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The Best Time to Update Your Resume – Part 2 of 2

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 | Posted in Blog, Ford Myers

Professional Experience – A history of your past jobs, responsibilities, and accomplishments. This is the “body of the article,” where most employers and recruiters will focus 90% of their attention. The information you present here, and how you present it, can decide the fate of your candidacy within about 10 seconds of scanning time! Put the most important or impressive facts first within each job. Make your professional experience section easily “scannable” by using bold headings and bullet points. For each position, include a paragraph that generally describes your role, and then include several “bulleted accomplishments.” Be specific and results-focused. Quantify results whenever possible, by using percentages, dollars, and other measurable results.

Education – List the schools, degrees, and years in which you earned them. (Note: you might choose not to include the dates if you graduated a long, long time ago.) Include degree, major, and any honors or special achievements. Generally speaking, the longer you’ve been out of school, the less important this information is to an employer. This section should only include formal education, so don’t list non-academic experiences here.

Professional Development – This is where to cover your affiliations, professional credentials, or related experience. Include association memberships, workshops and seminars, trade groups, and professional societies, leadership positions in industry-recognized organizations, and any additional certifications, accreditations, or designations you’ve earned since leaving school. If you don’t have a college degree, the professional development programs you’ve participated in will take-on special importance here.  

Finally, here are two important points for you to remember: (1) the purpose of your resume is to “get you in the door” – not to land the job! To get the actual offer, you’ll need to leverage all the other skills we’ve covered in previous issues of “Your Career Advocate,” and (2) your resume is a “living document” that will be edited and updated throughout the course of your job search and your entire career.

So, take a good look at your resume now and be sure it’s as strong as it can be. Follow the advice of the career industry experts at Career Directors International, (and Career Potential), and improve your resume NOW. If you’re not sure how to do this, get help from a qualified Career Consultant or Certified Resume Writer. Don’t wait until next Summer to update this document that is so critical to your career success!

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About Ford Myers

Career Success and Job Search Expert, Ford R. Myers

Ford R. Myers is an award-winning career coach and President of Career Potential, LLC. He is author of the best-seller, Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring. Ford’s firm helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! He has held senior consulting positions at three of the nation’s largest career service firms. Ford’s articles have appeared in thousands of publications and web sites, and he has been interviewed on every major television and radio network. Ford has also conducted presentations at hundreds of companies, associations and universities. Learn more at

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