How to Update Your Resume (With Template and Example)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published 29 November 2021

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Updating your resume can be beneficial when you're looking for a new job or career. You may have gained additional work experience or skills since creating your original resume that a potential employer may value. Updating your resume can strengthen your job application, which may help you gain employment. In this article, we share a step-by-step guide on how you can update your resume and provide a template and some resume examples.

How to update your resume

Below you can find a detailed guide on how to update your resume:

1. Update your resume format

The first step you may consider is updating the format of your resume. Several resume templates focus on different aspects, such as your skills, qualifications or work experience. Your original resume template may focus on an area that is not important for the career you're applying for.

Another reason to update your resume template is if an applicant tracking system (ATS) reviews your job application. This tracking system scans resumes and ranks them based on the candidates' suitability to the job posting. Having simple formatting usually ensures the ATS system can easily scan your resume.

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2. Review your summary

A resume summary typically contains two sentences that briefly outline your main qualifications and skills. You may also include your goals and objectives for the industry you're applying for. Your original summary may include outdated details, such as your previous aspirations and goals.

If you've accomplished your previous career goals, you may include new ones in your summary. If your previous job was an entry-level position, your summary may have stated that you want to gain skills in the industry. If you've gained experience and skills from recent employment, you may change your summary to mention that you're hoping to advance your skills, rather than gain new ones.

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3. Include new education

An important step to updating your resume is usually to include recent education. Your original resume may state you're currently studying or may not include a course you've recently completed. Hiring managers may value candidates with extensive education, such as a bachelor's degree or certificate.

Your original resume may have listed educational courses that aren't necessarily relative to the new career you're applying to. For example, if you have a certificate in plumbing and you're applying for the role of a wildlife biologist, it may not be necessary to include that certificate. So, you may add new qualifications or remove the outdated ones.

4. Include work experiences

Some employers may value candidates with past work experience. If you've worked at several companies since you last updated your resume, it may be a good idea to review your listed experience. Depending on the career you're applying for, some of your past experience may not be beneficial to include.

If you have no tertiary education, such as a bachelor's degree or certificate, then you may update your resume to focus on your skills and past work experience. It's best to have a resume that fits on one page, especially for systems that automatically sort through resumes, such as the ATS system. If you have over one page worth of work experience, then you may consider only including the most recent and relevant positions.

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5. Update your skills

The skills section can be an important part of your resume, especially if you don't have an extensive amount of education and work experience. If you're updating your resume but don't have additional qualifications or past jobs to include, you may focus on expanding the skills on your resume. These can be interpersonal skills and technical skills.

Depending on the career you're applying for, you may alter your list of skills to only include the most relevant ones. For example, if you're applying for a new career in accounting, but your original resume details gardening skills, then it may be best to replace those skills with ones that apply to accounting. You may also have improved some skills listed on your original resume, so may consider updating them to reflect the new improvements.

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6. Mention hobbies and interests

The section that details your hobbies is optional on a resume. Depending on the career, the hiring manager may prioritise work experience and education over your hobbies. Some employers may value the insight into your personal life, though, as they can more accurately show your character.

Your passions and interests might have changed since you last updated your resume, so it's often important to review your hobbies section and ensure it accurately reflects your personality. You may update your hobbies and interests if the prior ones don't relate to the job you're currently applying for.

Resume template

Below you can find a current resume template that you may use to help you update your resume:

[Full name]
[Street address]
[Email address]
[Phone number]

Summary objective
[In the summary section, you can briefly outline your key skills and qualifications. You may also detail your goals for the current career you're applying for. It's usually a good idea to keep your summary two sentences long.]

Work experience
[Job title]
[Company name and location]
[Duration]
[Bullet points of job responsibilities]

[Job title]
[Company name and location]
[Duration]
[Bullet points of job responsibilities]

Education
[School name]
[School location]
[Duration]
[Bullet point of the degree or the course name and its current status]

[School name]
[School location]
[Bullet point of the degree or the course name and its current status]

Related skills
[In this section, you can include your interpersonal skills, such as communication, teamwork and time management. You may also detail technical skills that may be specific to the career you're applying for.]

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Example of a CV update

When updating your CV, it can often help to view an example of how someone might add new details and alter their resume to reflect their latest skills and experience. Below you can find an example of an original resume and its updated version:

Original resume

This example shows the original resume:

Yuan Colisto
426 Purple Road Brightman, NSW 3016
+61 7 2935 1924
Colisto@email.com.au

Summary objective
I'm a dedicated student currently studying for a Bachelor in Motion Design. I have two years of experience working part time as a graphic designer and I'm eager to gain new skills in the graphic industry.

Work experience
Graphic Designer
Jim Street Design, Shepton
February 2017–present

  • Design animated features for clients

  • Organise client requests

  • Liaise with clients

  • Use advanced computer graphic software

  • Create original graphic designs

  • Alter images using advanced design software

  • Create 2D animations

Education
Brightman High School
New South Wales
January 2012–July 2016

  • Completed year 12

Brightman University
New South Wales
July 2017–current

  • Currently studying for a Bachelor of Motion Design

Related skills

  • Following a client's creative brief

  • Organising client requests

  • Operating several design programs

  • Providing customer service

  • Developing advertisements for clients

  • Creating visual media content

  • Implementing visual content to websites

  • Forming digital animations

Updated resume

This example shows an updated version of the previous sample:

Yuan Colisto
26 Green Road
Brightman, NSW 3016
+61 7 2935 1924
Colisto@email.com.au

Summary objective
I'm a dedicated graphic designer with four years of experience and a Bachelor in Motion Design. I am eager to begin my career as a motion designer and I look forward to developing my graphic skills as a part of this expert team.

Work experience
Graphic Designer
Jim Street Design, Shepton
January 2017–2021

  • Designed animation features for clients

  • Organised client requests

  • Liaised with clients

  • Used advanced computer graphic software

  • Created original graphic designs

  • Altered images using advanced design software

  • Created 2D animations

  • Managed a team of graphic designers

  • Formatted web pages

  • Ensured product concepts matched the client's brief

  • Reviewed and edited design content

Education
Brightman High School
New South Wales
January 2012–July 2017

  • Completed year 12

Brightman University
New South Wales
July 2018–2020

  • Completed a Bachelor of Motion Design

Online Design School
Western Australia
January 2020–2021

  • Completed a Certificate in 3D Animation

Related skills

  • Following a client's creative brief

  • Organising client requests

  • Operating several design programs

  • Providing customer service

  • Developing advertisements for clients

  • Creating visual media content

  • Implementing visual content to websites

  • Forming digital animations

  • Creating 3D animations

  • Managing an office environment

  • Administering business finances


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