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Fashion Jobs – 5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Resume This Spring

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

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Your resume is always a great thing to take a look at and refresh at least once a year — even if you’re not in the job market. You never know when that next big promotion could be in your sights and you need to have your resume ready to submit to a hiring manager at any time. For those currently in the job market, spring is a time where employers look to hire as employees leave for the school year and street front stores begin to pick up for summer. Here are our favourite trips for spring cleaning your resume.

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Revisit Your Current Role
A great place to start when looking to refresh your resume is reviewing your current role. Have you changed roles since you last made updates? Have your areas of accountability or accomplishments changed or expanded? Making sure your current role is as up to date as possible is extremely important as by now it really should be the only area that needs a good update.

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Shorten It
Did you know that a traditional resume is actually only a page long? And anything over that is technically considered a curriculum vitae, or CV for short. The longer you’ve been in the workforce, the longer the list of roles usually adds up, and at times your resume can seem too long and repetitive. To change this, you can do a few things. If you’re far along enough now into your career where your high school and college part-time jobs are starting to get stale, it’s time to remove them. Assuming you’ve already done this, you can either look at only covering the last five years of your career history in detail or if other employment history is relevant in the sense of name recognition you can include the rest in quick point form with dates and few key points.

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Change Up The Design
If you’re someone who tends to keep their resume extremely up to date religiously but you still want a little spring refresh, maybe you should try a redesign! There are many things you can change with your resume from picking a new font, creating a new header design or going the extra mile and completely changing the format of it. If you’re not someone who is handy with a computer, there are plenty of sites where you can interactively design and fill out a customized resume and tools for templates for Microsoft Word. For those of you who are a more creatively inclined, Pinterest has a tone of inspiration to help you. Whatever you decide to change, make sure that your resume is legible, organized and not too cluttered or wordy.

By: M.J. Elle,Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Resume

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

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Spring has finally arrived! Which means there’s no better time to de-clutter and spring clean all aspects of your life.  Closets are probably the first thing that comes to mind at this time of year, but how about your resume as well? A lot can change during the course of a year, and your resume should clearly reflect your personal and professional growth during this time. Whether you’re looking for a new position or you’re just in need of a little resume refresh, here are my top five tips to spring clean your resume.

 

1. Remove Unnecessary Information

A resume that’s 1 to 2 pages long is ideal, but if you are going over a page, you want to make sure that all the information you’re including is important and relevant. For example, if you’re more than a few years out of high school, things like your grades, achievements, and graduation probably don’t need to be on your resume anymore. The same thing goes for any part-time, short-term, or unrelated work experience that doesn’t showcase your current skill set and accomplishments. A resume that’s brief and concise will be the most likely to get a potential employer’s attention.

 

2. Rework Your Resume’s Design

Speaking of attention, in today’s competitive job market, a resume that stands out from the rest can make a real difference. Sites like Canva or Kick Resume can help you easily create a stunning visual resume with the help of pre-set templates. Depending on your field, you can play with the level of creativity in your resume and really help your resume shine. Just make sure that you don’t go overboard with graphics and images since you still want your resume to be taken seriously in a professional setting.

 

3. Update Your Job Description

For those of you who have been with the same company for an extended period of time, your current day to day tasks are probably quite different from when you started out. Take a look at the job description included on your resume and make sure that it still accurately describes your role. Have you taken on new responsibilities? Learned a new program or skill? These are the things to add to your resume now, rather than waiting until it comes time to apply for your next job.

 

4. Create a Portfolio

Hear me out, a portfolio isn’t just needed for creative or artistic fields anymore. If you’ve been working on projects, important presentations, or manuals, then why not showcase your work? Double check with your company to see if there are any confidentiality issues, but if there are no problems, then you should definitely consider building a portfolio that showcases your strengths as an employee. If you’re looking to switch fields, a portfolio can also be used as a platform for your hobbies or side-projects as a way to further your career. A portfolio is really just a great way to provide concrete examples of your work, no matter where your expertise lies.

 

5. Show Off Your Personal Brand

If your resume has all of the aspects mentioned already, then go you! You’re a resume superstar that’s well on your way to a dream career. In that case, I recommend that you work on your personal branding, and making sure that all aspects of your professional life portray a cohesive and clear vision. Show off what makes you unique, share the links to your website or portfolio, and let your resume highlight the best version of you possible.

 

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By Kate Mendonca, Toronto, @kate.mendonca