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Celebrating Update Your Resume Month

Updated: Nov 14, 2023

Young woman holding up a paper copy of her resume and smiling at the camera.

Do you know how to beat the competition in this ever-changing job application landscape? The answer is by having an impactful resume that stands out from the rest! Whether you're a seasoned professional or a fresh graduate, your resume can open the door to your dream job. As we dive into September, designated as International Update Your Resume Month, Resume Advisers of Omaha is debunking some prevalent misconceptions that might be holding you back from crafting the perfect resume that leads to interviews and job offers.

Myth 1: Your Past Limits Your Future

Gone are the days of sticking rigidly to a linear career path.

The job market is morphing, and new roles are sprouting up in response to the shifting business environment.

Don't be limited by the notion that your resume should only reflect roles closely tied to your recent industry or job title. The truth is, many skills are universally transferable - think professionalism, work ethic, and management acumen, just to name a few. So, if you possess the core skills needed for a particular role, don't hesitate to highlight them, even if it's a pivot from your past. Embrace the adaptability that companies demand.

Myth 2: One Size Fits All

Imagine wearing the same outfit to every event, from a casual picnic to a formal gala. Just as that would never work, a generic resume or template won't do justice to your unique qualifications. Each job opportunity is distinct and tailoring your resume and cover letter is a game changer.

Start by crafting your resume to encapsulate your overall professional experiences.

Then, for each application, tweak and fine-tune your cover letter to highlight the skills and achievements most relevant to the specific role. This not only demonstrates your suitability but also reflects your dedication to the position.

Myth 3: Showcase Everything

Think of your resume as a sneak peek into your career history: the book jacket teaser, not an exhaustive novel.

The goal is to intrigue and invite further exploration - in other words, land an interview.

While it's tempting to include every job you've ever had, it's more effective to focus on the highlights. A decade's worth of history is the sweet spot, with a maximum of 15 years in the past. Trim the excess and curate your experiences to showcase the ones that resonate most with potential employers. A little editing can go a long way in making your resume stand out from the competition.

Myth 4: You Should Do It Yourself

Crafting a masterpiece resume is a collaborative endeavor, not a solitary task. You don’t have to go it alone.

Enlist the assistance of certified resume writers as career experts bring a fresh perspective and specialized insight to highlight your strengths and elevate your resume's impact.

Our local team of Certified Professional Resume Writers have completed rigorous accreditation with the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, the longest-standing professional resume writing association in the industry. Our career management credentials solidify our position as trusted partners in your job search journey.

Ready to seize that dream job? Say goodbye to outdated myths and hello to a resume that tells your unique story and highlights why you are perfect for the job. With a wealth of experience and an unwavering commitment to excellence, our certified team of experts will help you pave the way to your career success!


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