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Update Your Resume Challenge #3: Re-Vamp Your Skills

If you’ve been following the prestigious, quasi-official RezScore blog (we know you have been), then you know all about the fact that September is ‘International Update Your Resume Month’!

That means, this September everyone (yes, even you, Mr. I-already-have-a-job-Jones) should pull out their resumes, dust them off, and update them for those unexpected opportunities around every corner.

To celebrate this month, the team at RezScore has come up with weekly challenges for all the loyal RezScorians, who we all know want to have top-notch resume.

For this week, you are challenged with the task of: re-vamping your skills!

Why should I re-vamp my skills?

As we all know, the skills section of your resume is valuable to just about any job seeker. While the experience section gets the most attention, it’s the skills developed from this experience that will get you hired.

When you’re updating your resume, you might not pay much attention to your skills section. Maybe you’ll tack on a new point, but otherwise forget all about it.

If that’s the case, then it is time for you to re-vamp your skills.

How can I revamp my skills?

It’s quite simple; just follow the three E’s!

Explore

Have you heard about the RezScore Skills Explorer? No? Well, I’ll tell you. Now that you and about 99,999 of your friends have uploaded your resumes to our algorithm, we have a pretty good idea of what your competitors’ skills are and what kind of skills employers are looking for. Inventory your skills, science them up in the explorer, and you’ll know which ones are the most valuable.

Enhance

Are you conveying your skills in the best way possible? Willy Wonka calls his chocolate bars “Scrumdiddilyumptious Bars” for a reason: it sounds more appealing. Take a page out of Wonka’s book and rephrase your skills so that they pop off the page. A great strategy for this is to use language the company uses in their job postings.

Eliminate

Just so you know, not every skill is worth putting on your resume. Outdated or “typical” skills aren’t worth the space they take up on your resume. Know how to program a VCR or have a typing speed of 34? Listing it on your resume might do more harm than good.

What do you think? Have you re-vamped your skills recently? What other rules should job seekers follow when updating their skills? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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