Target Layoffs a Reminder to Keep Your Résumé Up to Date

Retail giant Target announced Wednesday plans to lay off 475 employees worldwide and not fill another 700 jobs. 

The move from the Minneapolis-based company comes on the heels of a data breach during the holiday season, and 150 layoffs in October 2013.

“Target continually assesses our operating model to ensure we are well-positioned to adapt to changing business needs. … We believe these decisions, while difficult, are the right actions as we continue to focus on transforming our business. We will continue to invest in key business areas to strengthen our ability to compete and thrive well into the future,” the company said in a statement, according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

The layoffs at Target—a Fortune 500 company with stores in 50 states—serve as a reminder that workers should keep their résumés updated, cultivate networks and have a plan in place in case of job loss.

Résumé Tips

Elaine Vandenburgh, director of Career Services at Globe University-Minneapolis, offers six résumé tips for those looking to get hired.

1. Organization and clarity   

Employers must be able to quickly determine if your résumé is worth reading. Make sure everything is organized and clear.

If it’s not, it won’t likely make the first cut.

2. Most important info up top

Here is where a professional summary, qualifications summary or list of skills comes in handy.

Outline your strengths and make it clear to a potential employer where your value lies.

3. One page only, please 

Unless you have a boatload of related experiences, keep your résumé to a single page. It will make it easier for hiring managers to view and works in concert with the first item on this list.

Related: 6 Ways to Get Your Résumé to the Top of the Pile

4. Line it up with the job description  

You should be ready to tweak your résumé for the job for which you’re applying.

Make it clear to employers that you are a good match for the position. Study the job qualifications and highlight the skills that line up for you.

5. Market yourself

What you have on your résumé should be written with intention and purpose.

Think of it as prime marketing space—don’t clutter your page with unnecessary phrases. Take the time to feature your best qualities and outline how your skills will fit the job description.

6. Points, not prose

Use short bullet points instead of paragraphs.

Hiring managers will often skim bulky text. Make your résumé pleasing to the eye and easy to digest.

Networking

If you’re résumé is up to date, the next step is networking.

Whether it’s attending industry events, joining alumni groups, volunteering or completing informational interviews, building a strong network is vital to any job search.

And be sure to strengthen your online presence, as well.

Create an online portfolio and make sure you’re LinkedIn profile is robust.

Related: 6 Ways to Get Noticed on LinkedIn

Hiring managers often look to LinkedIn, a business-focused social media website, for information about potential candidates.

A LinkedIn profile is a must for many jobs, according to a post on Forbes.

Planning Ahead

Even if you’re gainfully employed, you can always keep an eye out for other job openings, maintain your networks and research other positions.

For those wary of their job status, take the time to study other possible fields with a strong job market and determine where your skills and interests might be best suited.

If you are looking for a new job, it can take time, and that means you should have an emergency fund in place to float you until the next career opportunity arises. Financial experts say you should have six to nine months of expenses socked away.