By Expert Panel®Forbes Councils Member
Whether you’re looking to switch careers or find a new role at a different company this year, a freshly updated résumé can make all the difference between getting a callback and having your application passed over. Effectively refreshing your résumé for a job hunt in the new year will take some creativity and reflection on your previous roles.
From getting more personal to finding better ways to document and represent yourself as a professional, there are many ways to enhance your CV and attract the attention of your dream employer. Below, 15 Forbes Coaches Council members share their best tips below for sprucing up a résumé in 2023.
1. Add Your Recent Accomplishments
Take a look at your accomplishments over the last year and make sure to add them to your résumé. What projects have you managed? What are some tangible results (sales or cost savings, for example) that you can add to your résumé? Look at recent job openings in your field and see where you can incorporate more industry-focused keywords. – Jasmine Briggs, Creatively Inspired Coaching
2. Make It Both Personal And Professional
The vocabulary you use in your résumé matters. Yes, industry jargon has its place in your résumé, as you need to demonstrate your experience and expertise through it. What is also essential is to use words that give a glimpse of your personality, character, values and passions. People want to work with people they like. Make them curious enough that they would want to meet you. – Lusia Moskvicheva, The Happy Life Strategist
3. Prove Performance With Data-Driven Statements
Instead of trying to make your résumé sound like others, distinguish yourself with success stories. Add data-driven statements as proof of performance, such as “saved $400,000 with new workflows” or “eliminated 45% of financial discrepancies.” By specifying exactly how you’ve added value in previous jobs, your résumé will catch employers’ attention and make hiring authorities eager to contact you. – Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume
4. Frame It Around The Role You’re Applying For
Whether LinkedIn, traditional or other formats, your CV is a marketing tool to showcase that you can already do what your target employer is looking for, so it is vital to frame it around the role you are applying for. Think about it in terms of providing the following: This is who I am, this is what I do, this is how I do it, and this is the impact and value I can create for you. – Anita O’Connor-Roberts, AOC Consulting
5. Articulate The Value You Can Add
Professionals seeking new positions in 2023 must revamp their résumés to focus on how they can add value to a company rather than credentials and skills. Get rid of the fluff. Employers will be more discerning and looking for nimble individuals who can articulate the value they add, especially when companies are operating lean. – Jacquelyn Van Tuyl, Jacquelyn Van Tuyl International