When it comes to Job Seeking, just as in our everyday lives, “The only thing that is constant is change” – quoted Heraclitus. Resumes are no exception to this rule. In a world where many of us rely on our professional networks to secure our next opportunity, it’s not unlikely that years may have passed before we realise we actually need a resume. It’s at this point we dust off our 80’s and 90’s resumes, or one we had from the year 2000 (when dial-up internet was still not uncommon).
Today, where the competition is fierce and Resumes have evolved, we need to change the way we present ourselves to continue career success. Below are four signs you are ‘rockin’ a Vintage Resume.
You have included old school personal information
Personal information such as your age, height, marital status or how many children you have should not be included in your resume. In today’s day and age recruiting you or discounting you based on this information is not legal, therefore this information on your resume becomes redundant.
Your work history goes back too far
Listing your entire work history dating back to when you started your career is a sure fire way to get you branded as someone who is entertaining a vintage resume. Updating your resume to display only your most relevant and recent experience will be viewed far more favourably by employers.
You are using an old Microsoft Word Resume Template
So, you dust off your old resume and realise it’s in a format that was used in the Windows 98 version of Microsoft Word. Then it’s time to update the template and format. Using old formats won’t give you that competitive edge we all need in a job search.
You have included the reasons you left your previous jobs
We all have our reasons for leaving a job and looking to secure a new one. You may have relocated and were looking for something closer to home. You may have been seeking out a new challenge that would bring the spark back into our work-life relationships. Whatever the reason, listing it on your resume is extremely out dated. Changing companies and jobs regularly is becoming increasingly common, so no need to explain yourself in your resume. This type of information is better discussed in person during an interview.
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