How Often Should You Update Your Resume?

Whether you’re new to the workforce or a couple of decades deep, a strong resume is the defining action between getting hired at your dream job or getting passed over. As your skills and responsibilities change at work, it’s crucial to update that resume to stay relevant.

But how often do you need to update your resume? It’s best to revisit your resume every six to 12 months. You should also make a point of updating your resume whenever you:

  • Get a promotion.
  • Complete a major project.
  • Obtain a certification or degree.
  • Master a new skill.

But don’t just bust out your resume, throw in an extra bullet point, and call it a day. Rather, if you’re going to rework your resume, take the time to really make it shine.

Perfecting your updated resume.

The stronger your resume, the greater your chances of getting in the door the next time you apply for a job. Remember, recruiters and potential employers instinctually do a brief scan searching for keywords. As a general rule, it’s smart to put your most impressive qualities and responsibilities toward the top of each section so that recruiters and hiring managers are more likely to spot them.

At the same time, don’t feel compelled to list every single task or skill you possess. If you currently spend 5% of your time typing up progress reports and the rest of your time analyzing data and overseeing marketing campaigns, there’s really no need to include that tidbit on your resume.

Once you’ve reviewed your resume for content, make sure it’s grammatically correct. Comb through that document line by line to check for errors, and don’t rely on your computer’s spell-checking software to spot mistakes. If grammar really isn’t your thing, we encourage you to hire a professional resume writer.

Grammar is important to resume success.

Let’s talk about applicant tracking systems.

ATS is software that manages the recruiting and hiring process, including job postings and job applications. It organizes and makes searchable information about job seekers using keywords and/or the use of AI-type algorithms. That’s a deep analysis of your resume. If you are not personally in-the-know on how to ready your resume to tactically navigate ATS processes then, please, for the love of your own future, hire a professional.

Finally, make certain your resume is stylistically consistent.

Having a visually consistent resume sends the message that you’re detail-oriented, which is a universal skill employers are looking for.

While there’s no need to go crazy updating your resume every day, or even every month, it pays to dust off that document and review it one or two times a year to ensure that it’s up-to-date. You never know when a job opportunity might open up, or a sudden company layoff begins. The more up to date your resume is, the easier it’ll be for you to jump on it and keep your success train rolling in the right direction.

Our team at PWU is ready to help you navigate the job-seeking task with grace and high efficiency. Contact us for a free consultation and resume review.

How to Reenter the Job Market

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Without question, to reenter the job market is a challenge that requires strategy to navigate.  No matter the reasoning, whether you’ve started a family, took the time to care for an aging relative, re-invested in yourself by returning to school and finally finished that Master’s Degree or just needed to dedicate a portion of your life to traveling, cracking out the old resume takes patience.

Overcome the Bias.

Recruiters and ATS technology are directed to find the “best talent,” which means they rely on specific indicators to narrow the search. These indicators include recent dates, length of previous employment along with, specific acquired skills and job title. When reentering the job market these indicators are vital.

To help combat any stigma, job seekers need to communicate clearly and focus on the right indicators.

Reenter the Job Market – 4 steps to begin:

  1. Begin updating your skills before you start to look for a job: If you can, start padding your resume a few months before you want to start looking for a job. Volunteer, take an online course, investigate internships — do anything that can help fill gaps and reboot your resume.
  2. Create a resume that is functional rather than chronological: The key is to take the focus off precise employment dates. As professional resume writers, this is second nature to us, however, if you are planning to re-write your resume you’ll want to create headings that show the experiences, successes, and benchmarks and then list your achievements accordingly.
  3. Be courageous. A killer resume is a good first step, however, to land a great job, you gotta nail the interview. If you’re out of practice, consider hiring an interview coach.  These highly skilled professionals are masters of streamlining your dialogue and presence once your foot is in the door.
  4. Be open to new experiences: The reality of reentering the work world is that you might have to make some compromises. Be open to part-time, project or contract work. These short-term jobs provide great experience and contacts that can help you land a job that is a perfect fit for you and all of the experiences you bring to the table.

What if they ask why I was away so long?

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If asked about it, discuss your time away briefly. Don’t worry about the details. Emphasize your skills and work ethic rather than your time away. Sell yourself as a blank slate ready to jump in and work hard in a new work environment.

When applying and interviewing, you just have to showcase what you did, where you went, and most importantly, what you learned. It’s about communicating why you made those choices.

As always, we at Power Writers are here if you need a professional resume writer. We offer a free consultation, free resume review and free quotes. Bridging a time gap on your resume is technical, although with our expertise you are certain to enter the job search with a confident and direct resume.

The Definition of Customer and User Experiences

User Experience (UX) is not the same as Customer Experience (CX).

For those nestled into the industries that nurture Customer Experience and User Experience, the definitions are second nature, however, for those of us outside the loop, the concepts aren’t as transparent.

We looked deeper and discovered what companies and employees are really doing to define the customer and user experience from beginning to end.

Beginning with the basics, we needed to understand the actual differences between User Experience and Customer Experience. In looking for common descriptions, we found this simple graphic from Uxpin

Definition of customer experience and user experience.

What Sectors are Affected?

  • Customer Service
  • Advertising
  • Brand Specialists
  • Product Strategists
  • Content Developers
  • Data Experts
  • Designers

Consider CX as the whole enchilada customer journey.

By definition, a good customer experience means that the individual’s experience during all points of contact matches the individual’s expectations.

In practice, Customer Experience is truly playing the long game. As a result, we need to think about the product or service’s interaction with customers over the entire duration of the relationship. 

We’re not only considering that first initial pull into the sales funnel but the long-range assembly of every point of contact moving forward.

CX and UX think big picture

Think of UX as the route to meet the exact needs of the customer, without fuss or bother.

cx and ux think ease of use and efficiency

User experience is a person’s emotions and attitudes about using your product or service, along with, all things practical, experiential and meaningful. Without a doubt, in order to achieve high-quality user experience, there must be a seamless merging of services including engineering, marketing, graphic and industrial design, alongside interface design.

UX is highly subjective to the individual customer or client. As an example, consider your own human-computer interactions and how the ownership of a product has affected your experience.

So how do these 2 complex roles tie into your career? Has your company or organization implemented more advanced strategies for the betterment of the client/customer experience?

If you’re considering career advancement, we highly recommend you get your resume in front of a professional resume writer who understands the job requirements for CX and UX careers. In other words, connect with us at PWU!

Our team is here to help with Resume Writing Services, Cover Letter Writing, LinkedIn Profile Updates, and Recruiter Resume Distribution.  Contact us for a free consultation and resume evaluation.

Working with a Professional Resume Writer

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Professional Resume Writing

At Power Writers USA it is our job to help you stand out from the crowd. You may have wondered what you can expect from working with a Professional Resume Writer. Or perhaps you have questioned the benefit of hiring a professional writer to help with your resume. In this article, we will discuss the benefits and outline what you can expect when working with Power Writers USA.

First of all, it is important to look at your resume as an investment in your future. This document is going to be your initial point of contact with potential employers and we want to position you for instant impact when your resume lands in front of the employer or job recruiters.

Today’s job search methods are a bit different than what they used to be. With the ever-increasing drive for companies to streamline their hiring process, new software has been created to funnel prospective job applicants through a series of algorithms. This process is known as ATS which is short for Applicant Tracking System. In an article in SearchHRSoftware.techtarget.com they define what ATS is and why it is so useful through the hiring process:


An applicant tracking system (ATS) is software that manages the recruiting and hiring process, including job postings and job applications. It organizes and makes searchable information about job seekers. As its name implies, an ATS tracks candidates through the hiring process. It helps scheduling, issues notification alerts and sends automated emails to candidates. But these systems are far more than organizers.

An ATS is also used to cull candidates. It conducts a preliminary analysis of the applicants to find the best fits for a job. The goal is to speed HR’s review of job applications and resumes. It may look for keywords or use AI-type algorithms that run a deeper analysis of the job applicant.


applicant tracking system (ATS) [Web log post]. Retrieved March 25, 2019, from https://searchhrsoftware.techtarget.com/definition/applicant-tracking-system-ATS

Power Writers USA ensures that all resumes are written for ATS optimization. So you can rest assured that your resume makes it through all the rankings and algorithms and lands in front of the right people. To learn more about what ATS is and how it works read this helpful article found in, SearchHRSoftware.techtarget.com.

Another component of modern job searching is your LinkedIn Profile. Having a presence on LinkedIn keeps you dialed into the job market. Think of your LinkedIn profile as your personal advertising page. It provides you with an online space to highlight your education, career goals, and achievements. Power Writers USA understands the importance of a LinkedIn profile which is why one of the services we provide is LinkedIn Profile Optimization. It is important to note that your resume and LinkedIn Profile are meant to compliment each other. So keeping your LinkedIn profile updated with the information from your resume will help give prospective employers the most accurate and current information on your career history and goals. Your profile not only keeps you current but it also helps you streamline your job search because LinkedIn helps filter jobs based on keywords found in your profile.

In her article on Forbes.com Robin Ryan talks mentions one of the many beneficial elements of a LinkedIn Profile. She speaks to having recommendations on your profile:
“Recommendations are pure gold as they live forever on the profile”. You can read the full article here. So you can see how your LinkedIn Profile becomes a virtual extension of your hard copy resume. They are not carbon copies of one another rather they are used to complement one another.

Here is an example from linkedjetpack.com on what a good recommendation should look like and how beneficial it is for “selling yourself” to prospective employers:


“I rarely come across real talents who stand out like Peter. I had the pleasure of working with Peter for three years at the Big Corp, collaborating on several project teams. Peter’s ability to handle multiple projects was unlike any I’ve seen before and made a dramatic increase in the productivity level of our company. No matter how tense a meeting, Peter made sure everyone left with a smile. As a team member or a leader, Peter earns my highest recommendation.”

You can see how having a number of recommendations such as this on LinkedIn could potentially boost your appeal and put you ahead of your competition. Taking your raw data to formulate a streamlined and unique resume along with an optimized LinkedIn Profile is just two of the ways you will benefit from working with our Professional Resume Writers.

It is not uncommon for some to struggle with the ability to articulate who and what they are. Some of us find it very difficult to explain ourselves to others in a way that best highlights our achievements. All the elements are there for a strong resume but we need help compiling it into a cohesive format. Once all this data is collected and we have all our educational achievements and career accomplishments in front of us it can seem daunting to try and pull it all together while keeping in mind formatting and algorithms. This is where relying on a professional writer becomes invaluable.

It is not always easy to know exactly where we should be focusing our attention and efforts when it comes to our careers let alone job searching. Hiring a resume writer will help bring clarity to the various elements of your resume. Whether you are thinking about a career change or are looking to position yourself for advancement within your current job Power Writers USA has the knowledge and experience to craft an eye-catching resume for you.
Every resume written by Power Writers USA is custom made for each individual. As mentioned before the resume is also optimized for ATS.


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It’s Official! I’m a Triple Certified Resume Writer!

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Tiffany Cruz, CMRW, CERM, CPRW

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 WEST COAST BASED BUSINESS OWNER AWARDED INTERNATIONAL MASTER-LEVEL WRITING CERTIFICATION

Tiffany Cruz, Executive Director of Power Writers USA, has been awarded international certification as a Certified Master Resume Writer (CMRW) by Career Directors International (CDI). This Master-Level certification, the pinnacle level of competency for CDI, required Tiffany to demonstrate her superior knowledge and experience in contemporary resume writing through an intensive examination of her professional writing. She was assessed on her broad range of industry knowledge and expertise in the areas of strategy, branding, advanced visual appeal, and contextual narrative. Recognition as a CMRW sets Ms. Cruz apart from the competition and distinguishes the high caliber of her credentials in assisting clientele with professional resume services.

Power Writers USA offers expert resume writing services to entry-level through executive clientele in the global marketplace. Their expertise, led by Ms. Cruz, is in empowering clients to navigate the complexities of job search and emerge as successful candidates. Ms. Cruz is a leader in her industry and strives to provide the highest level of customer care and satisfaction possible.  To learn more about Power Writers USA, visit their website at www.powerwritersusa.com

CDI is an international association that provides proactive resources and assistance to empower its members to apply world’s best practice in career development, resume writing and job search.

Thank you to those who’ve taken the time to read this.  I am happy to be recognized as a Certified Master Resume Writer!  This is the 3rd certification I have received for my resume writing abilities; the other two are Certified Executive Resume Master (1 of 26 worldwide!), and Certified Professional Resume Writer. Thank you to Career Directors International and the Professional Association of Resume Writers for your support and for creating an environment of continuous learning along with the certifications that allow my colleagues and me to distinguish themselves for their dedication to their craft of writing resumes and for assisting job-seekers in their employment and career goals.

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5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Resume Writer

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For those on the fence about whether or not to hire a resume writer, this article is for you.  

We believe that having a professionally written resume is one of the best investments you can make in yourself and your career.  We’ve seen so many cases where our clients, armed with a resume from Power Writers USA, have been offered huge raises and have had the doors open up for them for making big, new career changes.  A well written resume will truly make you stand out among your competition.  Enjoy the article!

If Your Resume Isn’t Opening Doors, Get Some Professional Help

Is It Worth the Money?

Job searching sure is expensive. After all, it costs money to dry clean your interview suit, fill up your tank and drive to each and every job interview. And at a time when you’re counting every nickel and dime, you don’t want to spend any more cash than necessary.

But if you’ve been job searching for some time without success, it may not be what you’re saying, but how you’re coming across on paper. That’s where a resume writer comes in. Resume writers are not just professional writers, but they’re experts in making your resume stand out from the rest of the applicant pool. Here’s why you might need a resume writer, and why it’s such a good investment.

5. U Can’t Right Good

Let’s say you’re an accountant.

Dollars and cents are your game, not words. So if you’re struggling to express your previous work experience well—and your writing confuses HR professionals like advanced math perplexes most of society—a resume writer can help. He/she can discern what needs to be on your resume (and perhaps more importantly, what doesn’t), and express it all professionally.

4. You’re Stuck in the Past

When you look at your resume, you think it looks totally awesome. But when a hiring manager sees it, all he’s seeing is the year 1986.

Like music and fashion, even resumes have to be stylish so they can get more than a passing glance from a potential boss. If you’re not sure of what the current trends are, a professional resume writing service can give your resume the extra savoir-faire it deserves. From the quality of the paper it’s printed on to the template used, the writer will make sure that your resume reads—and looks—its best.

3. You’re Not Getting Interviews on Your Own

You know your work experience is impressive and your workplace skills are stellar. So why aren’t you getting any interviews?

The main reason could be your subpar resume. A professionally written resume can open doors for you that might lead to a great job. It’s also good to keep in mind you might even need several versions of your resume, depending on the type of job interview you have. These advanced nuances are things with which a professional resume writer can assist.

2. You’re Shy

To you, a resume is a necessary evil. It’s basically a one-page depiction of all your previous accomplishments and accolades, and frankly, you’re not the bragging type.

You might need an expert to help you through the writing process if you have a hard time talking about yourself, much less writing it all down on paper. There’s no shame in getting help with this because writing about yourself is one of the toughest assignments, and you’re often your own worst critic.

A professional resume writer will know how to spotlight your most worthy accomplishments because he’s looking at them with fresh, unbiased eyes. Let him turn your resume into something that’s personable and professional.

1. You Have Issues

Maybe you left the workplace so you could raise your family, and now there’s a huge gap in your employment history. Or perhaps you’re changing career fields and don’t quite know how to revamp your resume to show off the skills you have for this new industry. While you can’t rewrite history, a professional writer will know just how to accentuate the positives on your resume, and write away any negative aspects.

Hiring a resume writer may not be an option for everyone and some people can do the job on their own. But for those who have the necessary skills but are struggling to get interviews, a professionally polished resume can be one of the best investments you make as you continue on your job search.

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Article originally posted here: http://www.salary.com/5-reasons-to-hire-resume-writer/

By , Salary.com contributing writer.

Always remember that Power Writers USA is a top ranked resume writing service with Certified Professional Resume Writers on staff.  We are on call and available to take on your resume, curriculum vitae, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile update.

Professional Affiliations & Community Relations

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We are active members of the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches and the National Resume Writers’ Association, and have been since 2015. Not only does the annual membership help to validate our company and brand as trustworthy and legitimate, but it helps support the industry as a whole. We are always excited to read the monthly updates and columns sent by both organizations. Members and resume writers alike contribute to the stories, which helps drive industry success through continuing education, new trends and research, and open communication. The better we are as resume writers, the better our clients do, which is really, our sole purpose.

 

How does this relate to you? The Regional Territory Manager for a nationwide pharmaceutical sales brand? The nurse who travels every 3 months to a new hospital? The Network Admin who manages Fortune 500 enterprise IT systems? Everyone, regardless of the industry you are in, has an association of some sort. And guess what? They are fantastic to get involved with. You get so much out of it, professionally, and you are supporting those who support what you do. Some associations will include a listing of your business info on their website, some do annual conferences, free webinars, continuing education, email blasts, hiring help, networking, community initiatives, and more!

 

What am I saying here? Get involved. Pay whatever annual fee these guys charge (make sure it’s a legitimate organization first!) but they are typically $75-$250 per year, and come with a long list of benefits.

 

Where do I start? Google search your “profession” and “state” or “professional (nursing) association. You’ll get tons of results right away.

 

Plus, this is yet another credential to add to your resume! See? It all comes back to resumes in the end