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16 Easy Steps for Updating Your Resume in 2023

By | Sara McCord |

Let’s start with the good news: You just bumped into a well-connected person and impressed the heck out of them. So much so, in fact, that they asked you to follow up with your resume, because they know someone who’s hiring.

You’re feeling pretty great. But before you decide which dancing animal GIF accurately sums up your networking victory, you have some work to do. Because the last time you even thought about your resume was before you got your current job four years ago or started your side gig, and it’s seriously out of date.

Or maybe you’re getting ready to begin a new job hunt and you want to broadly update your old resume before tailoring it for each position. Perhaps you’re attending a networking event where having an up-to-date resume ready to go will help you capitalize on any opportunity.

Regardless of your reasons for updating, it’s time to open that old document, save it under a new name, and get typing. Here are some steps to take to easily update your resume. (And if you’re short on time, you could get through all 16 in about 30 minutes.)

1. Add new and relevant skills and experiences.

Add the qualifications that are most important for where you want to go next. Think about your current job, as well as related extracurriculars—such as a side gig or volunteer work. What skills and experiences from these speak most to the type of position you’re pursuing? If you’re submitting your resume to a specific person who asked for it, a good starting point is to remember how you were just pitching yourself to them. If the discussion centered around your interest in design, the last thing you’d want to do is leave that off just so that you can list every single task you did in your first gig out of college.

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