5 Tools To 'Spring Clean' Your Resume

You probably don’t like spring cleaning; it’s about as tiring and tedious as updating your resume. But like spring cleaning, improving your resume has a huge payoff. Think of the resume as your home, cleaning it come spring gives it a fresh look and makes it look welcoming for guests. An updated or “cleaned” resume, on the other hand, gives you the upper hand when an unexpected opportunity (a job offer or a recruiter) comes knocking at your doorstep. Related: 3 Tools For Creating An Attention-Grabbing Resume Fortunately, spring cleaning your resume doesn’t need to be as exhausting as cleaning your house. You might even have fun doing it.


For Applying A Dash Of Color...

Let’s start with something easy. Instead of creating a resume from scratch or spending hours updating your old resume, let’s go for an easy BIG WIN—turning your boring LinkedIn profile into an eye-catching resume. Re.vu uses LinkedIn data to create a graphical resume, packed with numbers: years of work experience, performance metrics, number of sales you’ve made or money you’ve saved for your company, and so much more. You don’t need for graphic design experience; Re.vu takes care of all that for you. If you want more options, such as adding projects and work not displayed on your LinkedIn profile, check out Enthus.me. It’s very similar to Re.Vu but it gives you the option to add more information like:
  • Audio and Video Presentations—including presentations and papers you’ve published in SlideShare
  • Past and Current Projects not tied to a work experience listed on LinkedIn
  • Insights- a placeholder for ideas and snippets of information that will add to your expertise

For Scrubbing Out Typos...

Spelling mistakes and elementary grammar slips are a turn-off; luckily Grammarly can easily spot them for you. It only takes a few seconds to copy an entire resume and scan it through Grammarly, a few minutes more and you can easily improve or correct your resume based on the suggestions provided. The paid version of their service has synonym suggestions for overly used words, which can be used to improve both your resume and cover letter.

For Improving Resume-To-Job Ad Matching...

Most resumes don’t get read—even the good ones. And that’s not because recruiters are lazy. No, it’s because 72% of resumes don’t have the keywords recruiters want to see. You can spend a month and a king’s ransom on the perfect resume, but if it doesn’t have the specific words for the job you’re applying for, it won’t get read. It’s that simple. To improve the chances of your resume getting read, use Resunate to compare your resume against the job posting. Just upload your resume or LinkedIn profile, whichever you’ll use to send your application, and then paste the exact text of the job ad. Resunate will then show how your resume will look like to companies that use software to summarize or extract resume data. Based on the report, you’ll know what to add, edit, or remove on your resume to improve your odds of getting an interview for every application you send.

For Checking Out Who’s Viewing you...

Don’t you just hate it that you can’t find out if your resume was ever read? Well, now you can. After improving your resume, upload it to ResumeBear so it can track if your resume was viewed, printed or downloaded. This app will help you track the progress of your application and to some extent; it serves as a reminder to follow up, or to pursue another lead.

When It's Time To Call The Cavalry

When is it time to call for professional help? That depends on where you are in the job hunt:
  • When you’ve sent the resume about 10 times without receiving so much as an invite
  • If you’ve been unemployed for 6 months or more
  • If you’re undergoing a career transition
  • If you’re looking for a promotion but are not sure how to position yourself in the best way possible
The truth is, whether you need professional help or not really depends on how you view your situation. If you feel like you’ve tried everything to no avail, then it’s time to call in the cavalry. However, if you are optimistic of your plans or if you have no trouble getting an interview when applying for a job, just carry on and see where the road takes you. Now it’s your turn. Try one of these tools then let me know if it improved the look and feel of your resume. Of course, these are just some of the tools I know of right now. This post was originally published on an earlier date.

Related Posts

How To Spring Clean Your Resume 3 Things That Make Your Resume Less Effective 5 Great Tools That Showcase Your Skills To Recruiters   Photo Credit: Shutterstock

In our new YouTube series, "Well This Happened" it's your turn to be the career coach! What would you do if you asked a coworker when the baby was due and she responded with, "I'm not pregnant." Watch the video and cast your vote b posting a comment on Youtube. We'll select one person from the correct answers at random to win free membership to the Work It Daily program. Good luck!

SHOW MORE Show less

If you've ever wondered what a Work It Daily (WID) membership could do for you, a letter we got this week provides a powerful example...

SHOW MORE Show less

There are 3 things hiring managers are trying to initially assess about you in the job interview. This video walks you through what they are looking for and offers insights into the right information to give them. Be sure to check out our free resources mentioned in the video too. They are:

SHOW MORE Show less

Last week during my Office Hours on Youtube, a client asked about how to deal with a workplace bully. After spending many years in corporate HR, I flipped to the other side and became a career therapist. So, I've seen both sides of this situation in the workplace. In this video, I discuss why people struggle to deal with bullies and what you can do to change the situation instantly.

This week, I did something that truly scared me. I sent an email to over 120,000 Work It Daily newsletter subscribers and asked them to answer the question, "What do we do?"

SHOW MORE Show less

A market correction is going to happen. When it does, layoffs will follow. I've been in the HR and recruiting industry for over two decades and have seen three recessions of varying sizes. In the video above, I explain how to tell when a recession is coming and what that means to you and your career. While many people will skip watching this. Or, will watch it and do nothing. I hope YOU are the smart, savvy professional who sees how important it is to prepare for unexpected, unwelcomed career circumstances.

SHOW MORE Show less

In this video, you'll learn how to tell if your career is plateauing due to the Executive Blues. You'll also learn what you can do to fix the problem and get your "executive energy" back so you can keep your career on track and set goals to reach new heights of success!

Want to watch the full video tutorial by J.T.?

CLICK HERE to get access!