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A resume is one of the most powerful tools a job seeker has to speak on their behalf, having said that, it is a good practice to keep your resume as current as possible. But how often should you really update your resume? The answer is simple, as many times as needed. Individuals who constantly have something new to add to their resume such as a new certification, completion of relevant courses or professional job experiences from internships, volunteer work and more are all valid times and reasons to update your resume. There are no set time frames or standards to updating your resume hence it should be considered a case-by-case basis. Nevertheless, do consider the more information you put on your resume, the more chances of making a mistake with dates, spelling, and accuracy of wording. Take special caution to revise your grammar, wording, and language used every time you update your resume to avoid losing points with a poorly constructed resume.Resumes should also be updated for every job you intend on applying for. The more targeted your resume, the better your chances of obtaining the job. Use your existing resume as a guide and make the necessary changes for new jobs by tailoring the language, qualifications, experiences and more to the specific job type. Job seekers usually have more skills than is needed on an individual resume which leaves valuable information for other skill sets and job types. Take a moment to identify what a new job posting is asking for and transform your existing resume to mirror the requirements outlined by the employer.In addition to reviewing resumes posted to company web sites and to job sites like Monster or naukri, employers are actively sourcing good candidates. They are mining the Internet to find the best people to hire, regardless of whether the candidate has expressed interest in their company, or not. So it's better to update your resume once in 15 days interval.For freshers, Dig deep into your background and you'll be pleasantly surprised at the contents you have but didn't think you can have. It might be short term academic/live projects, trainings, seminars, Workshops, Publications, relevant courses from other institutes, Achievements etc.

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Atleast on Monster I have seen that after updating my resume, I got more emails from employers/recruiters. Later I read somewhere that updating the resume makes our resume at the top of the search lists. So if you want to top the employers' / recruiters' lists, u p d a t e often.

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I read somewhere that updating the resume makes our resume at the top of the search lists.

That's true with Naukri as well.In those sites, it's better to update something in your resume once in 15 days so that your resume reaches top of employer search.In general, you should revise/update your resume once in 3 months and always keep it ready in your draft email.

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That's true with Naukri as well.In those sites, it's better to update something in your resume once in 15 days so that your resume reaches top of employer search.In general, you should revise/update your resume once in 3 months and always keep it ready in your draft email.

I read and keep re-reading my resume every 3 - 4 days and almost every time I go thru it, I find some sentence I am able to better or change to a shorter one or add a skill or work I had done at that employer that I had forgotten to add. This way I am able to keep my resume updated on the job sites every few days or atleast once a week. May be others can do the same. This way you are also unknowingly very familiar with what you have written in your resume.

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I read and keep re-reading my resume every 3 - 4 days and almost every time I go thru it, I find some sentence I am able to better or change to a shorter one or add a skill or work I had done at that employer that I had forgotten to add. This way I am able to keep my resume updated on the job sites every few days or atleast once a week. May be others can do the same. This way you are also unknowingly very familiar with what you have written in your resume.

Very true indeed. Thank You for sharing.

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I think you should update your resume on daily basis, not to forget the opportunities are knocking the door everyday.

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Resume is the first impressive connect between the candidate and the hiring manager. As the saying goes “First impression is the Best impression”,

you should update your resume on daily basis

 

here is a career advice for you: impress your hiring manager and market yourself by using these resume writing tips:

1) Use Good format and Indentation for your resume

There are millions of candidates searching for jobs and each of them bombards lots of resume to their desired companies for different job vacancies. Just imagine you in the hiring situation, can u read the entire resume?

Definitely not! 25 seconds would be the maximum time allocated for your resume. In such cases you need to provide good formatting, readable and attractive resume to save more time.

Give proper headings, indent margins.

Use bold, italic and underlined options whenever required.

Bullets can be used for catchy points.

2) Use Verbs

Using specific verbs in your resume is not only mandatory but also attractive for it will provide a clear view of what your actual job profile was or is. For instance anyone can say “Worked as a programmer” and that doesn’t really provide any detailed description about your profile. Instead use words like organized or project-head for entry-level engineer.

3) Serve your resumes with respect to the industries

If you are applying for journalist job or some creative writing job then you can decorate your resume with creative words or sometimes pictures too but if you are applying for the job of mechanical engineer in a company like L & T then you need to be a professional in presenting your resume and providing a creative resume will not serve your purpose over here. Just be clear, crisp and neat.

4) Try using new words like Career Summary instead of Objective

Right from the beginning always have a motto of impressing your hiring manager, remember you just have 25 seconds for that. Do not follow the crowd in using the same words like “Objectives” or “Aim”, be different! Career Summary will actually provide you details about who you are and what you actually do in a profile. Just be creative and attractive!

A resume is the first impressive connect between the candidate and the hiring manager. As the saying goes “First Impression is the Best Impression”. Impress your hiring manager and market yourself by using these resume writing tips:

1) Use Good format and Indentation for your resume

There are millions of candidates searching for jobs and each of them bombards lots of resume to their desired companies for different job vacancies. Just imagine you in the hiring situation, can u read the entire resume?

Definitely not! 25 seconds would be the maximum time allocated for your resume. In such cases, you need to provide good formatting, readable and attractive resume to save more time.

Give proper headings, indent margins.

Use bold, italic and underlined options whenever required.

Bullets can be used for catchy points.

2) Use Verbs

Using specific verbs in your resume is not only mandatory but also attractive for it will provide a clear view of what your actual job profile was or is. For instance anyone can say “Worked as a programmer” and that doesn’t really provide any detailed description of your profile. Instead, use words like organized or project head for the entry-level engineer.

3) Serve your resumes with respect to the industries

If you are applying for journalist job or some creative writing job then you can decorate your resume with creative words or sometimes pictures too but if you are applying for the job of mechanical engineer in a company like L & T then you need to be a professional in presenting your resume and providing a creative resume will not serve your purpose over here. Just be clear, crisp and neat.

 

4) Try using new words like Career Summary instead of Objective

Right from the beginning always have a motto of impressing your hiring manager, remember you just have 25 seconds for that. Do not follow the crowd in using the same words like “Objectives” or “Aim”, be different! Career Summary will actually provide you details about who you are and what you actually do in a profile. Just be creative and attractive!

5) Express your achievements in quantity

The only mistake which most of the fresher software engineer do is providing too many theoretical details like CISCO, CCNA courses. The hiring manager doesn’t need your biography of academic or professional achievements. You need to market your skill in the given 25 seconds of reading time by the hiring manager. So just mention highlighted points of your achievements, make it numerically expressive or in terms of percentages to attract the manager.

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