4 Changes to Make to Your Résumé ASAP if You're Not Entry-Level Anymore

by Lucy Cheek

Your résumé is your shopfront: You need to make a good first impression; otherwise, no one will bother to stop and look. If you’re not entry level anymore—i.e., you have a few years’ experience under your belt—you need to make a few crucial changes to your résumé, say the experts at TopResume. They overhauled a mid-level résumé for Business Insider’s résumé makeover series and revealed how to make yours stand out. Make these four changes to your résumé if you're finally past the “entry level” mark:

Add Your LinkedIn Profile

“LinkedIn is not only a great place to build your personal brand and make connections in your field, but employers expect to find you on there,” says Amanda Augustine, career advice expert for TopResume. TR also suggests customizing the public URL for your résumé and placing it at the top.

Craft a Perfect Elevator Pitch

Instead of launching into a bullet-point list of your current job skills, write a snappy blurb that summarizes your qualifications and highlights your most marketable and relevant skills. This will reframe your experience and set the tone for the rest of the résumé.

Ditch Your College Internship

If you’re no longer an entry-level professional, forget mentioning internships of yore. “Your college internships, while valuable, will only serve you during your first year or two after graduation,” Augustine says. “After that, employers will look to your most recent work experience to gauge your fit for their open position.” The same goes for your GPA—education takes a backseat to real-world experience, says Augustine.

Forget Fancy Layouts

While it’s tempting to create a cool design for your résumé, keep it simple. “The less time a recruiter spends hunting for information on your résumé, the more likely you are to make it to the next stage of the hiring process,” says Augustine. She says applicant-tracking systems—bots that scan your résumé and decide if you’re a good fit for the position—tend to have trouble reading your résumé when it doesn’t follow a traditional layout. “With clearer headings and more organized content, it will also play well with the ATS software.”

Head over to Business Insider for more résumé makeover tips, and read the secret to acing a job interview next.

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