Should I cut my own hair?

People fidget with their resumes… 

Before every interview, she updates her resume to include keywords she thinks will appeal to the interviewer. Before submitting a resume for each job, he updates it to tweak his accomplishments to fit the job description. 

Are these good uses of time? 

Unfortunately, no. 

It’s like cutting your own hair before every date to try and impress the person you’re meeting. 

Because you’re not a professional, you’re not quite sure what you’re doing. And because your date is a human being, with a wide range of interests, ideas, and viewpoints, trying to match your hairstyle – or your resume – to your guesses about what they’ll like is asking too much of you as a stylist. 

You shouldn’t cut your own hair before every date, and you shouldn’t update your resume for each job you apply to. 

Instead, follow my advice, developed over the past 2 decades, on crafting a resume that covers all the bases. I’ve organized all of our materials below from the free, DIY advice, to my bestselling book, to the paid professionals who can do it for you. 

The High Score Resume Format: this is the best overview of how to write your resume in the most effective style – the High Score Resume format

Professional Summary: an in-depth look at the most important four lines on your resume — the professional summary

Buy my bestselling book on Amazon: now in its third edition and a bestseller each time, Ladders Resume Guide

Use our free resume reviewer tool: you’ll get great, actionable feedback from our expert Resume Reviewer

Have an expert rewrite your resume: if you’d like to outsource the whole effort, have one of our partners rewrite your resume for you

Our resumes templates and examples: optimized to get your information across most effectively, these free templates and examples follow the HIgh Score Resume format. 

Our resume articles: writers from across the web share tips, tricks, opinions, and viewpoints on improving your resume in Ladders News Resume section.

View your current resume on file: to see what you saved to Ladders most recently, view your current resume now. 

Upload your latest resume: if you’ve updated your resume recently, upload it here for use in all your applications.