Spring Cleaning for your Resume

A recruiter's perspective

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Spring Cleaning for your Resume

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Laura Machan

Laura Machan

Laura Machan is a Partner, Talent Acquisition Group at Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions based in Toronto, Ontario. Although she has been recruiting for quite a few years, she still gets a big thrill from calling someone to set up an interview and an even bigger thrill when she hears a happy dance as she tells them when their new job starts. Laura lives with her family in Oakville, where she has lived for over 25 years, and is a significant contributor to the Canadian Federation of University Women - Oakville and Women in Nuclear, Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

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If you are like me, you spent some time this weekend switching your clothes around. Moved the golf shirts and flower prints to the front and shoved all the black stuff into a box in the garage. That’s what we do in spring.

It is just your closet that should be sorted and updated. Your resume should be refreshed too.

It may not be as important as your smoke detector, but in terms of your career, it should be right up there.

Here are the things to consider:

  1. Has your title changed?
  2. Has the scope of the role been increased?
  3. Did you take any courses or workshops over the winter?
  4. How about any special projects?
  5. Any new volunteer committees or fund raising (yes, the ride to conquer cancer counts)

Once this is done and stored in a place that’s easily retrievable, like Dropbox, you might want to apply the same logic to your LinkedIn profile.

And if you have a few minutes at work, find all those emails that say “thank you” and “you’re a star”. First, email them to yourself and second, print them and take them home. You just never know when you are going to need a little lift or evidence of your great work.

So put on your favourite cotton, short sleeved shirt and get to it!

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