Modernize Your Resume

Resumes continue to evolve. To have a modern-looking resume, consider these suggestions:

  • Use keywords from the job description that will allow the applicant tracking systems (ATS) to select your resume.
  • Adapt your resume to each position for which you apply. Use organization-specific keywords to help you get an interview.
  • Eliminate your photos and references from your resume.
  • Include social media links for the recruiter to obtain additional information on your background and activities.
  • Make use of callout boxes, in addition to bullet points and line breaks, to highlight key experiences, qualifications, and accomplishments.

For additional information on updating your resume, click here.

Teaching Suggestions

  • Have students talk to others to obtain suggestions for updating a resume.
  • Have students create a resume based on these suggestions.

Discussion Questions 

  1. What are common mistakes people make on resumes?
  2. How might a person improve the effectiveness of their resume?

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