Keep a running list.
Know what you want BEFORE you see it.
Keep your work experience updated.
Build out your skills section in real time.
Use a checklist.
- Does your summary still apply to your goals and personal profile? What you wanted a year ago may not reflect what you want—or what you can offer—today.
- Is your contact information still valid? Don’t forget to change your resume details when you move or switch email addresses.
- Have you added your latest educational credential? Don’t forget to mention training courses, new certifications, and new licenses.
- Does your work history still work? Every time you step into a new position, make sure this change is reflected in your resume. Remove older positions as they become outdated and less relevant to your goals.
- Does your skills section belong in 2016 or 1997? Only you can decide. Just don’t let negligence and the passage of time decide for you.
- Update your references. Keep a current list of names and contact information, and don’t rely on the same professors and supervisors who supported you ten years ago.