Now what? What to do with your résumé AFTER you've worked with a résumé writer.

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Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

1. Check it over.

- Make sure there are no mistakes (spelling mistakes, job title mistakes, etc.) and that everything is truthful. (Brag about your accomplishments though!)

- Read through and see if the words are words that you would use. Are you comfortable referring to this in an interview? Does it reflect you in tone, phrases, and achievements?

- Go back to your résumé writer if you need any edits or changes (check your contract to see the allowed time frame.)

2. Save a copy, once you have the edited and reviewed documented. Keep it and don’t save over it.

3. Review it for interview talking points. Through the résumé writing process, your skills and achievements should have been identified. Which of these points do you want to expand on in an interview?

4. Start applying to positions that are a good fit.

- Target, target, target! This means making sure you are reviewing what’s important to the job you are applying for and highlighting that in your résumé. Literally, go through the job posting and highlight what’s important. Is that in your résumé? Where?

- Your achievements/skills/ highlights sections can be moved around (don’t be afraid to do this)! What’s most important to this position? Is that your first bullet?

- Update your profile section with the title of the job you’re applying for.

5. Take it with you.

- Do you have an interview? (Congratulations!) Print out a couple of copies and bring them with you. This will allow you to remember your talking points about why you are a good fit AND shows that you are prepared if any interviewer comes in and doesn’t have a copy.

6. Keep it updated.

- When you get a new position, update your résumé with the new experience. Keep documentation of all the new responsibilities and achievements. You may not have to use all of that in a future job search, but it’s good to have it written down and ready to use.