By Gerrit Hall
2012 is here.
Resolution time has come and passed for many. People everywhere threw out their last pack of cigarettes, renewed that forgotten gym membership, and planned out a strategy to finally clean out that garage!
While those resolutions are all admirable, it’s not too late to add just a few more, for your resume.
2012 is your year to have a stellar resume. Having an awesome resume and using it the right way is your key to landing the very best jobs at the right time.
Fortunately, I’ve taken the guesswork out and started your very own list of four resolutions that you can start today! Here it goes…
I, [Your Name], solemnly swear to make 2012 my resume’s very best year. To do this, I promise to…
Take it with me
Whether you load your resume to your phone or keep it in the cloud, your resume will go with you everywhere in 2012. Keeping your resume on you at all times will make it easy to pull out whenever you need it.
Make it mesh
Your resume should compliment your other job search tools, such as your business cards, website, or portfolio. By making your job search documents mesh, employers will be able to see you as a put-together candidate with a solid brand.
Tailor it every time
It takes time, but tailoring your resume is a crucial step in the application process! Employers cycle through so many generic resumes, one that’s tailored to them will really stand out!
Update even when I have a job
Just in case you didn’t know, every job is temporary. It’s oh-so-smart to update your resume every single time your work story does. Score a huge accomplishment? Update! Get promoted! Update!
What do you think? What other resume resolutions would you recommend for job seekers? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Gerrit Hall is the CEO and co-founder of RezScore, a free Web application that reads, analyzes, and grades resumes -- instantly. Gerrit has successfully combined his passion for computer science and the careers space by helping job seekers write the best resume possible. You can connect with Gerrit and RezScore on Facebook and Twitter.