We have officially welcomed the new year, which means a fresh twelve months are in front of us! Whether you are planning a career change, job promotion, or starting a new professional chapter in your life, it is important to ensure that your resume is ready to shine. Here are five resume resolutions you should consider for 2024. 

Resolution 1: Update your resume regularly 

How long has it been since you looked at your resume? If you can’t recall exactly when it was, you are long overdue for an update! Ideally, your resume should be updated every six months or every time you have a new role. It is important to add new experiences, skills, and projects when they happen so that the information is fresh. This way, you can easily recall the specifics needed to enhance your resume.  

Set a schedule in your calendar to keep your details current, even if you aren’t actively looking for a job. 

Resolution 2: Tailor for the job 

It is important to carefully read and understand the job posting for the role you are applying for. You want to make sure that your resume highlights the information and skills relevant to the position.  

Resolve to tailor your resume to each job you apply for and emphasize the experiences that are most suited to the role. 

Resolution 3: Include keywords 

If you have followed our blogs for some time, you will likely recognize the importance of keywords and the role they play in Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). While some keywords will be obvious, it’s highly likely that the organization will include their own list of terms as well. There is no way to predict every keyword that will be used, but working with an experienced resume writing company can offer great insight into common words used in a variety of industries. Including keywords prevents your application from ending up in the discard pile when run through an ATS. 

Resolve to always include keywords in your resume! 

Resolution 4: Format properly 

While it is tempting to show your personality through your resume with fancy columns, bullet points and even a professional photograph, you aren’t doing yourself any favors by including these. When a resume is formatted improperly or includes fancy styling, the ATS system doesn’t recognize the text, and the important segments of your resume are being overlooked.  

A clean and well-written resume is much more important than style and should be the focus. 

Resolution 5: Work with a professional 

Crafting a fantastic resume is challenging. From proper formatting to providing a keyword rich document it can seem like too much to take on! Resumes with Results works with clients in a variety of industries to help land their dream job. We pride ourselves on forming relationships built on respect and trust to ensure you receive a well-crafted resume that will stand out from the crowd. 

In 2024, the application process is ever-changing, and having a dynamic document can play a significant role in your job search journey. Resolve to perfect your resume and contact our team today to start!