Federal Careers

10 quick resume fixes | ask.fedweek.com

Stuck in a rut? You may have heard that looking for a new job is a fulltime job. While I do not disagree; looking for a new job requires focus and time; there are a number of things that you can do to move your search forward.

If you’re willing to spend 5-10 minutes of your time, here are some small steps you can take to forward your job search—each of these can be accomplished in less than 10 minutes:


• Add a recent achievement to your resume.

• Reach out to a former colleague on LinkedIn and connect. Be sure to send a personal note with your connection request.

• Comment or “like” a LinkedIn post—or two.

• Identify 3 organizations you want to work for; connect on LinkedIn and / or Facebook.

• Make a copy of your last 3 performance evaluations (so you can “mine” them later for additional accomplishments).

• Check out free sources of information to further your job search.

• Identify a potential mentor and reach out to them.


• Pinpoint 1 professional skill or knowledge that you could improve; find a way to close your gap.

• Write down 1 thing you want to accomplish professionally in the next 12 months; share that with a colleague or family member to hold yourself accountable.

• Spend 10 minutes searching for potential jobs online. Be sure to time yourself; it’s easy to go overboard!

• Find a career expert you like on LinkedIn; follow them.

• Look at YouTube for a short video on an aspect of job search (interview skills, elevator pitch, preparing accomplishments, etc.)

• Add 2 numbers to your current resume to provide better context to your work. Think about your budget, the size of your team, the number of transactions you prepare monthly, etc.; anything that you can quantify will work!

While doing any one thing will not likely result in a new job, tackling your job search in bitesize pieces will help you make progress! It’s like the old saying, “how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”


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