Tips for refreshing your resume

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Revamping your resume can be pretty stressful. After all, it’s oftentimes your first chance to make a good impression. Here are a few tips to make sure your resume is as up-to-date and polished as possible. I’m Claes Bell with the personal finance minute.

First off, keep it short. A resume’s job is to get you an interview, where you’ll have an opportunity to give a more complete picture of all your skills and accomplishments.

To help you keep the resume short, when listing your work experience, focus on achievements instead of duties. Employers can often deduce your duties from your job title, and listing them wastes valuable space.

Cutting out irrelevant details is another key way to reduce your resume to its strongest points. Information about your hobbies, health and family, and even the phrase “references available upon request” are notorious space-wasters.

Once you’ve revamped your resume, triple-check that it’s free of spelling and grammatical errors. Many an otherwise excellent resume has been trashed because of an egregious spelling error.

Lastly, don’t forget to reproduce your resume in a number of different formats: paper, Word document, plain text and, especially, PDF, which preserves your format best. Doing so will help you ensure you have the right format for every employer.

For more on this and other personal finance issues, visit I’m Claes Bell.