Unexpected job loss and opportunity can be found around almost every corner.Whether you think you might be in danger of losing your job or you are considering a career change, you will need an updated resume to make the successful transition to your next job.

Will the resume you have still work in today’s competitive job market? Here are the top four indicators that your document needs an update —

Is Your Resume Doing Its Job?

Is Your Resume Doing Its Job?

* The resume doesn’t reflect your most recent position and accomplishments.

* The resume has an objective statement — “to find a challenging position where my skills and abilities …” —  rather than a value-focused summary statement.

* Any additional education, certifications, seminars relevant to the intended job target are not listed.

* Any change in contact information (phone numbers, email address, or physical address).

As you progress through updating your information, you will also want to make sure your resume –

* Quantifies the impact you’ve made on an organization thus showing your future potential. Place the focus on the outcome and not on the duty. (Duty-focused: Created training seminars for sales staff. Outcome-focused: Increased sales revenue 12% and captured 60% decrease in customer concerns through development and launch of best-practices training seminars for sales staff.)

* Sends a consistent message. If you are seeking a position in sales, your document should focus on your ability to connect with clients, perform cold calling, expand territories and sell! Don’t be tempted to stray from your message by including non-related information.

* Is an authentic representation of your strengths and skills. Another temptation people face is to falsify information on their resume – degrees or job titles, salary, or exaggerated experience. This can eliminate your chances of getting an interview, being hired, or staying employed! We live in a digital-age where a simple Google or social media search can reveal the truth.

If you need help developing or polishing your resume, Breakthrough Resume Writing Service is a virtual (online) business that offers assistance to people from around the globe. From the privacy of your own home, you can contact Tammy at tammy@breakthroughresumes.com

About the Author:
Tammy Shoup, Executive Resume Writer and Career Strategist is among a small number of professional résumé writers in the U.S. who has earned the title of Certified Professional Résumé Writer from the Professional Association of Résumé Writers / Career Coaches.

Shoup is also a member of the National Résumé Writers’ Association and Career Directors International. Her activity in both organizations ensures that her knowledge of industry and employment trends remains current. It also indicates her dedication to continuing education in her industry. Her work is published in both JIST and Barron’s career books. Please review Shoup’s information at www.breakthroughrésumés.com or www.tammyshoup.com or inquire directly to Tammy Shoup at tammy@breakthroughresumes.com

Wishing you the best in your job search campaign! †