“It just needs a few edits” or ”I just need you to add a couple of jobs.” Do either of these statements sound familiar?
A new resume will cost less time and money than editing a resume.
When I get an inquiry that contains these words, the person is trying to justify why he or she believes a professionally written resume should cost very little, or the person is trying to spend as little as possible on their career documents. Believe me when I say this: This mindset doesn't work out well.
On the rare occasions I’ve agreed to do work on a resume on an editing basis, the total cost has wound up equaling, if not exceeding, the cost to just have the resume completely re-done. I don’t recommend it and, in fact, no longer offer it.
Resumes become outdated, no matter what.
In general, if it has been more than two years since you last had your resume completely redone, you need a new resume. Right now, HR technology is evolving at about the same rate as computer technology, which means that, if your resume’s design and layout is not being refreshed every two to three years, it may keep you from being considered for jobs.
In today’s online-driven, applicant tracking system (ATS)-dominated environment, if your resume does not have the right keywords in it, in the right layout and in the right spot in your resume, it will most likely be rejected as if you aren’t qualified for the position, no matter how qualified you actually are, and that is fact. Here is how to tell if you need a new resume:
Melissa Kelley CPRW
I’m a TORI-nominated resume writer and coach. If you would like to work with me on your resume, LinkedIn, job search coaching, or interview coaching needs, call me at 720-588-9793 or set up a no-cost, no-obligation consult here.
Melissa Kelley CPRW has more than 25 years' editing and writing experience, as well as a background in automotive purchasing and secondary education (English/social studies/French); she has specifically been writing resumes since 2006. Her motivation to write resumes began when a relative went nearly six months without a response to his resume, all due to a simple misspelling that Microsoft Word didn't flag as a spelling error. Within six weeks after Melissa provided a simple copyedit to his resume, her relative had a new job.