But not every exit from the workplace happens in such an organized and predictable way.

More often, the transition from employment to job search comes as a surprise, and the faster you can find and revise your existing resume file, the faster you can get your job search underway and get back on your feet.

Uh oh, the last 10-15 years have a few (explainable, but complicated) bumps?

Instead of using space to highlight your school accomplishments, focus on what you’ve done since then.

If you did astoundingly well in school, use terms instead of numbers, like “summa cum laude” or “with Honors.” Good news.

The “best” font for a resume is, of course, a subjective choice.

Look for a font that looks clear, crisp and modern.

The modern resume, so often posted online, even needs to consider keyword placement and search engine results. This means less time and money spent selecting the perfect paper for your resume and more time choosing the right fonts and formats. Courier, for instance, looks like a typewriter font, and job marketers associate the font with out-of-date paper resumes.

Many Gen-X employers take the same view of Times New Roman.

Instead of rewriting your resume from the ground up, follow these simple steps and update the file you already have. You can reuse some of the text you’ve already written, but now is a great time to develop a new layout and a new template.

Explore the style and presentation options on Live Career and choose a font, color palette, and visual theme that fits with your personal brand.

Today’s resumes are leaner and meaner than their old counterparts.

They need careful formatting to get past prescreening software while remaining readable for real people. If you’re looking for work in today’s market, you’ll be submitting applications and resumes electronically.

Instead, list full years: 2005 – 2008 instead of May 2005 – June 2008. After a few years of work, your recent experience is more relevant than your major or your GPA, and you want your work to be the first thing potential employers see.