Ways to Update Your Resume:

Advice from Alan Carniol and Lisa Rangel

by David Marwick, KempMillJobAssist

March 21, 2024

The “best” format for your resume—a marketing document designed to interest an employer in interviewing you—is a moving target because it changes over time.

At the end of this article, we list two resume features that were once standard, but are now considered outdated.

Here are two short podcasts, from well-established career coaches, on how best to format your resume to grab an employer’s attention.

Alan Carniol:  11 Ways to Upgrade Your Resume

In a 6-minute podcast, Alan Carniol identifies “11 Ways to Upgrade Your Resume.” 

Here’s the list:

1. Your resume has one job title at the top, the name of the job you want.

2. You identify the specific skills that are most important for this job title.

3. Your resume highlights the specific skills for this job title.

4. You cut out experiences that are not relevant to this job title.

5. You explain each job at each company.

6. You highlight what you accomplished in your jobs.

7. You use numbers and details.

8. You trim out the fat.

9. Everything is up to date.

10. Make the formatting look nice and be easy to read.

11. Check the spelling and grammar

You can access the video at:

11-Point Resume Checklist

Alan is the founder of www.InterviewSuccessFormula.com

You can learn more about him at:


Lisa Rangel:  2 Quick Resume Fixes To Attract Recruiters’ Attention

In a 4-minute podcast, Lisa Rangel identifies “2 Quick Resume Fixes To Attract Recruiters’ Attention.”

They are:

1.  Put the title of your target job at the top of your resume, under your contact information.

2.  Under the title, include two key achievements that relate to the target job.

You can access the video at:

Lisa is a former recruiter and the founder of www.ChameleonResumes.com

You can learn more about her at:


Outdated Resume Features

First, it was once standard practice to include this statement:  “References available upon request.”

This statement is unnecessary now, because it is assumed that you will furnish references if asked.

Also, this statement uses space that can serve you better in marketing yourself to an employer.

Second, it was once standard practice to include an objective statement.

This also fell into disuse because such statements (1) tended to be generic and (2) used space that could serve you better in marketing yourself to an employer.

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