Signs Your Resume is Outdated #1: References Available Upon Request
You should have your list of references ready to bring to interviews or to include to employers should they make the request. Most importantly, be sure your references have agreed to be your reference! Use people that you have known for more than a year and ensure your references are prepared for phone calls.
Signs Your Resume is Outdated #2: One-Pagers are for College Kids Only
Your resume should be concise. Nobody wants to read a five page autobiographical dissertation on every minute detail of your career. Resume writing is not an exact science and there is no "one size fits all" template for your resume, but a professional resume writer can objectively strategize on what to include in your resume as well as the overall length.
Signs Your Resume is Outdated #3: I Have an Objective and I Want a Job
Update: See more on resume objectives in this January 2011 article.
Signs Your Resume is Outdated #4: But I Really Like Using 1980s Word Processors
So for all of you holdouts using another other than a Microsoft Word version released in the last decade, I have strong advice for you...Get Microsoft Word! Alternatively, OpenOffice.org has a freeware program that has a Word-compatible word processing application, Writer. Though I have never used this program there are three things that immediately appeal to me about it. First, it's free (hello!). Second, it can open MS Word .DOC files and can save to .DOC files. Third, it has out-of-the-box ability to export your documents to an Adobe PDF file.
I prefer sending a PDF version of a resume via email. A PDF document is neater and no matter how much formatting you have built into your resume, it will show up perfectly on the recipient's machine. Your resume will look just the way you want it to regards of the hiring manager's computer settings, Word version, or font inventory. Saving your document in PDF format is the only way to ensure your resume will be displayed exactly the way you intended it to be.
Signs Your Resume is Outdated #5: I am Listing Every Job I've Ever Had
Signs Your Resume is Outdated: Does Your Resume Contain Any of The 5 Signs?
Contracting with a professional resume writer is a wise investment in your career. Save yourself hours of grief and let the professionals take care of your resume. You only get one chance to make that first impression so make it count!