Time To Dust Off Your Resume: 4 Steps To Follow
New Year, New Job
Did you know that January and February are two of the best months to look for a job? According to Top Resume, most companies receive renewed budgets at the beginning of the year and have a better idea of what they can afford to hire for.
If you’ve been thinking about starting a new career for 2022, now is the time to dust off your resume and start searching! Follow our steps below when updating your resume before applying to a new job.
Update your resume
Before beginning your job search, first, dust off your resume and make necessary additions since the last time you made updates. One of the most important aspects of any job search is updating your resume, so don’t wait until the last minute. A good rule of thumb is to try to update your resume quarterly or, at the very least, once a year. Schedule the time in your calendar to help you remember and stay committed to the task.
Need help updating your resume? Check out these tips from Kinsa’s blog, or contact our partners at Resume Pilots for a more personalized experience!
Optimize your resume
A resume should tell a story about your career and your accomplishments, but it should also be aligned to the job you’re applying for. We have a more specific blog series on how to optimize your resume. When writing your resume, make sure to highlight these types of specific details and accomplishments. Take a look at your resume and see if it matches up with each bullet point on the job description. If not, update your information and make it easy for anyone to see how qualified you are for the job.
Form your resume as the solution to the company’s problems
Think of a job posting as a company’s way of listing all the ways they need help. If the job description aligns with your resume, it could be a good match on both sides. With the applicant pool being so competitive, you must find a way to market yourself above the rest. Check out our blog on how to stand out with a strong food & beverage resume. Look at the problems the company has on the job description and think of all the ways you can solve them and be sure those details are in your resume.
Think of your resume as a first impression
This is the easy stuff that a lot of people forget about. Most of the time a resume is your first impression. Your resume should be simple yet packed with your accomplishments. Ask yourself these questions before finalizing your resume:
- Is there any spelling or grammatical errors? (These are sure to get your resume thrown out in a competitive market.)
- Is the font consistent throughout your resume?
- Does the format look good? (i.e. spacing, use of bold or bullet points, punctuation, etc.)
- How does it look overall? (Take the extra time to represent yourself in the best light yet be concise.)
Kinsa Group’s recruiters and our broad network of food industry executives are always looking for top talent and we’d like to help you find the best opportunity to match your skills. View our open jobs. Don’t see anything that catches your eye? Submit your resume and our recruiters will reach out as new roles open up!
- Resume Optimization Tips (access the whole series and find your specialty/skill-set here!)
- A Quick Guide to Improve Your Resume
- Time for a Resume Redo