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Three Signs You Need a Resume Rewrite!

Often job-seekers don't realize they are submitting resumes that need significant revising. They assume that if they have properly proofread and included all relevant details, they are all set.


The truth is that many job-seekers are submitting resumes that automatically put them behind their competition. Their outdated resume makes them appear unprofessional and potentially causes the loss of an interview opportunity.


Revision Resume ensures clients submit a professionally written, edited and formatted resume created according to the latest industry standards. Here are three signs that you need a resume rewrite:


1. Your Resume is Squeezed Onto One Page.

If you worked hard to fit your resume on one page, you should consider a rewrite. A few years ago it was unacceptable for a resume to exceed one page. That is no longer the case. Now, it is expected that your resume will likely be 2 pages. It's time for a major edit if you used small font or skinny margins to force your resume on one page.


2. Your Resume Includes Images, Tables, and/or Colors.

It wasn't too long ago that an infographic resume was desirable. Charts, graphs, photos, images, colored font and more were commonly included to showcase skills and successes. Now that resume format is no longer acceptable. Why? Well, most companies have started using an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to sort resumes and the ATS can only interpret plain text. Tables, images and other similar items will not be read by the ATS. Any information contained in them will be lost and your successes and skills will go unseen. Sticking with a text-only resume will give your resume the best chance of getting through the ATS and onto the hiring manager's desk. So if your resume contains more than text, it is time for a major revision.


3. Your Resume Mentions an Objective and/or References.

Does your resume still include an objective statement? Does it say 'references available upon request' at the end? These are both signs your resume is outdated and needs to be updated. You don't want to submit something that indicates you aren't aware of current resume guidelines...that would look unprofessional. Revising your resume is necessary to increase your chance of being awarded an interview.


If you are unaware of the what hiring managers expect in 2021, consider contacting Revision Resume for assistance so you can provide a resume that recruiters and human resources are expecting.


Job-seekers are generally not experts in resume creation. It is common that someone looking for a new job would not know what the current resume formatting guidelines are and therefore would be unlikely to use the best resume format. Hiring Revision Resume will ensure the resume you submit meets the current industry standards and help you stand out as a quality candidate for the opening.



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