By: Shannon, firstname.lastname@example.org
over 3 years
Perhaps you have applied to one or more jobs previously, and already have a resume. That’s great news, and surely will make your life easier so you are not building a resume from scratch.
However, there’s a good chance that your resume isn’t quite ready for Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company HR’s eyes just yet. There are a few simple steps you should follow before sending in your already-complete resume:
1. Update your education and experiences.
Perhaps you used your resume to apply for a job back in high school or college, but you’ve probably done a lot since then! Think about all the work, volunteer, and educational experiences you have had since you last updated your resume and add them to your list of accomplishments. All of your experiences are important, but we do want to know what you have been doing recently.
This might mean that along with adding your new experiences, you should omit your high school dog-walking job or your lawn-mowing job for the neighbors, since recently, you’ve held more relevant positions.
Include the highest level of education that you have completed. If you’ve completed any degree past a high school diploma or GED, you might want to omit your high school education from your resume - it’s implied that you completed high school, and where you went to high school is not going to make a difference to our hiring decision.
2. Check your objective.
If you do choose to include an objective on your resume, it may be outdated or irrelevant to your application to Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company.
For example, if you had used your resume to get a summer job scooping ice cream, your objective undoubtedly reflects your love for ice cream. If you forget to change your objective to reflect your love of t-shirts instead of ice cream, your application will likely not be seriously considered.
3. Update your address and contact information.
No longer living at your parents house in Ohio? Update your address! When we see that you live in another state and do not indicate your plans to move in your cover email, we’ll be a bit wary of your seriousness in applying.
Double check that your email address and phone number are correct. These are our two gateways of contacting you, and if they are not correctly written on your resume, our correspondence may be lost before it begins.
4. Check that all information you have included is relevant.
If you cannot draw upon an example from a previous experience that you are including in your resume to show us that you are an excellent fit for the company, you probably shouldn’t include it. Think about examples related to work ethic, teamwork, positive attitude in the face of a challenge, ability to pick processes up quickly, etc. when thinking about whether or not your experiences are relevant.
5. Spell check!
Remember, attention to detail is one of the most important qualities we look for in a candidate. Typos on your resume indicate that attentiveness to detail may not be your forte.
Even if you have used your current resume to apply for another job before (and perhaps even landed the job!), we recommend that you follow these steps and make the necessary edits. It’s important that your resume is catered towards your interest in working at Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company.
Just as if you were building a resume from scratch, put it down for a night or two, and read over it with a fresh pair of eyes once you are done editing. You might consider asking a friend to look it over as well. When you feel comfortable with your work, then you’re ready to send it in! Check out the next blog post for details on when to apply. And visit this link when you are ready to apply!