Signs your resume needs updating

If you’re still sending out a job resume (or CV) with statements of the bleeding obvious then its time to give it a make-over.

In Five Signs Your Resume Is Passe, Devine Caroline suggests avoiding sentences saying, for example, references are available on request.

As she points out, of course they are available, would you refuse to send them if asked?

Overall I agree with four of the five points. I’d take issue with the advice about not squeezing a resume to fit on a single page of paper. While it seems silly, particularly in an era when the resume is going to arrive in an email and not in a letter, to cram many years of experience into 300 words or so, there’s a good case to keep things as tight as possible. Devine Caroline does make this point, but I fear some readers may not grasp the importance of brevity.