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Infographic: 5 signs your resume needs spring cleaning

Dust off your resume before you need to look for a job. These fast fixes will help make sure you look polished and professional.

Infographic: 5 signs your resume needs spring cleaning

Springtime means baseball season, warmer weather, post-winter cleanup and… refreshing your resume? Yep, you read that right. As you’re purging your closets and swabbing your deck, why not take the same eye for tidiness to your job-search materials?

“You should update your resume every six to 12 months to add new skills and experiences,” says Monster career expert Vicki Salemi. Yet most of us shelve our C.V.s once we’re comfortably employed, letting them gather dust.

But you never know when the next awesome opportunity will arise, and you want to be ready for it since you have the best chance of being considered for a job if you apply within the first 24 hours. You don’t want to delay applying because you need time to update your materials.

Plus, if you haven’t revisited your resume in a while, you probably have some stuff on there that dates you or makes you look stale. And with recruiters spending about six seconds viewing a resume, you can’t afford to be anything less than sparkling.

These five quick “spring cleaning” moves ensure that your resume will be a strong contender when it reaches the desk of a recruiter, and better yet, a hiring manager. So, isn’t it time you freshened things up a bit? 

Have you spring-cleaned your resume?

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