Career Advice

How To Make A Resume and How Often To Update It

One of the most effective ways to guarantee an interview -and employment- during a job application is to have an amazing resume.

Ready to land a great job offer? Here’s what you need in your resume when you create it:


  1. Your contact information
  2. A summary/objective
  3. Professional history/work experience
  4. Your skills
  5. Your education


Making A Resume

To get started on making your resume, there are five sections that must be featured (in order).

  • Contact Information

These are the basic details about you, like your name, email address, and phone number. They should be the first thing on the resume.

  • Summary/Objective

Next is a brief summary of your relevant work experience and skills. If you don’t have any noteworthy experience for the role, you can mention your career goals as objectives and include your applicable skillset.

  • Professional History/Work Experience

Mention and provide brief descriptions of your work experience. Ideally, you should start with your most recent place of employment/project and end with the beginning of your professional history. Be sure to mention the duration of each employment. You can include any internships or volunteering you have done, especially if you don’t have sufficient work experience.

  • Skills

Highlight your proficiency in hard skills (technical skills like software) and soft skills (interpersonal skills like communication). Ensure to list your skills with applicable keywords that fit with the job description for the role.

  • Education

Mention and date your educational experience, starting with your highest attained degree, achievements/awards, certifications, and extra-curricular participation (clubs, organizations).


How Often To Update Your Resume

Every job requires something different, despite the role staying the same. So, when you want to apply for a job, you have to make sure that your resume is updated in line with the description.

If a job requires proficiency in a design tool and you don’t mention it under your skills, you may hurt your chances of landing the job.

Another important thing that helps you to know when to update your resume is when you get a new job. You have to include all recent employment details on your resume so that the hiring manager can see the professional value you can offer.


The aesthetics of your resume template/layout largely depend on you and the job roles you are likely to apply for. However, a rule of thumb is never to exceed one page (two, at most) and keep it simple with a plain background, colored headers, and colored line breaks. Also, be sure to save your resume in pdf. format so that it maintains the layout universally.

Your resume should convince the hiring manager that you are the right person for the job -before they even speak to you!