In this volatile economy, we need to keep our resumes dusted off and updated at all times. A resume is a work in progress, and needs to be edited as your work situation changes. I’ve seen a few “updated” resumes lately, where the candidates have recently left jobs and have changed the job dates to reflect that fact. So it is obvious that they are no longer describing current positions but past positions. So why didn’t they also change their job descriptions to the past tense? In one case the opening verb in the bullet points was changed to the past tense, but they didn’t go through and change the rest of the verbs to match, so each bullet point read something like: “Prepared and distribute travel and expense reports”. Obviously, the mistakes were not intended and the resume was proofread well in its original format. I’ve even seen resumes where candidates describe jobs from years ago in the present tense. So my advice is to proofread your updated resume as carefully as you proofread the original. Your spell check will not catch mistakes in grammar and tense but you can be sure that a hiring manager will. If you find it difficult to proof your own work ask a friend to read it through, or read it out loud to yourself. I know from my own experience that when you start tinkering with an original document it is very easy to let inconsistencies slip in.