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When Should I Update My Resume?

When Should I Update My Resume?

If you’ve read any of my other articles, you’ll realize that I really preach how important a resume is to you and your career, so it’s no surprise that I suggest updating your resume multiple times throughout the course of a job, and ideally every time you get that new promotion!

First thing’s first, you’ll need to know a few things about how, when, and if you’ll be updating your resume, so here are some great tips to help you get that sorted out.

Update your resume frequently

Many times, folks will only update their resume when they lose their job, and are in desperate need of a new one. This rush can lead to spelling and specific errors, like wrong information or simple mistakes that stand out, which in turn effects the way you look to an interviewer.

So the appropriate answer to that question is probably a bit simpler. You’ll want to update your resume when any large change occurs in your career. That doesn’t mean a desk change, or upgraded company car, but when you’ve received an award or recognition for something you’ve achieved, a significant raise or promotion, or a change in your job if it’s been dissolved or encompassed by something else.

How do I update it correctly?

The easiest way to update it without putting yourself in a bind is to make a copy of your resume each time you change it, and put a date in the file name so you can keep a chronological order of the edits over the course of your professional career.

Next, you’re going to want to try and make sure that all most recent information is listed at the top of each area. So if your post recent award for employee of the month is the last notable item in your personal history area, then that’s on top. Keep things going for each area, but make sure to remove any information that has become too old or irrelevant to the position you have now.

What about online resumes like LinkedIn?

In a perfect world, you’d be updating your LinkedIn profile and information when you update your resume, as in today’s world LinkedIn can help you get a job almost as much as a great resume can. But unfortunately updating your resume is time consuming, and adding in a website to the mix may not be the best for you. I recommend updating your LinkedIn profile each BIG change in your professional career, and not everything you’d update your resume for.

Bringing it all together

As you grow in your professional career, so will your resume. This means you need to make sure you have multiple versions of it, long and short, ready to be provided to the employer in the format that fits them best. Industry also makes a difference in how your resume is built and it’s length, because formatting also comes into play when your industry requires something in a specific format.

The goal here is to make sure your resume is always updated, always ready in the right format for whatever employer you approach, and be able to feel confident in your resume when that inevitable day comes and you’re looking for that new job.

Being safe with your professional life and career, along with staying prepared will be the most fruitful choices you can make in today’s world.

I really hope my tips have helped you decide the best times and reasons to update your resume, and make it easy on yourself by setting a yearly calendar event, or even one every 6 months! Here’s to your success!

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Why Are Resumes Important?

Why Are Resumes Important?

All through my career and often times many others, we face times where we have to go out and find a new job. Whether it’s because of more money, or less money, benefits, or any other reason why we have to transition from one job to another, we find ourselves all too often sitting down and updating that old resume.

You see, resumes are the key to the door of opportunity says Indeed, and many times folks tend to forget how important that resume is to their future. If you spend the right amount of time on your résumé, or use a professional resume expert, you can easily get your key into the door and eventually into a job offer.

But what makes them IMPORTANT?

There are lots of resumes

Well, for starters, they are first and usually last thing any recruiter, HR representative, or business owner who’s been given the tedious task of finding a new employee or employees. When it comes down to it, these people are the people you need to wow on paper, and that’s where a well-crafted resume comes into play.

Recruiters, HR reps, etc. look at 100’s of resumes a day when looking to place employees, and even the smallest mistake can sometimes put you out of the running for that job opportunity, and thus back to the pile.

So it’s important to build a resume, or get a resume that:

  • Clearly describes you and your skillet
  • Has a cover letter with important information
  • All of your relevant information

A resume needs to show your best

Another thing resumes need to be is a reflection of your best personal self. Whatever it is that makes you the best at what you do, that resume and cover letter need to evoke that in a clear, crisp way. Otherwise you may leave the recruiter or employer guessing at what you can do best, and then, you guessed it, back into the pile you go!

It should be as detailed as your industry needs, and many times you can find resume experts who can help you craft your resume to fit the needs of that industry’s recruiters and HR reps, which will allow you to have a better chance at being seen and then being heard.

Resumes come in all shapes and sizes

Believe it or not, many recruiters and company hiring teams still have to use the old text formats, which means you need to have your resume in a few different formats ready to send at any given moment. Whether it be a PDF or Microsoft Word document, or a physical piece of paper, you need to make sure you have all of the proper formats ready to go.

Resumes are the key

Resumes are the key to getting better opportunities in life, and integral to improving and growing in the future. However you make a living, you’ll need a great resume custom fit to your needs and your industry so you can have the BEST chance of getting in front of an interviewer so you can live up to your name, and the great things your resume says about you.

If you have doubts about your resume, find help. There are plenty of examples, eBooks, and professional services that will help you along your way. Your resume is a critical piece of your life and your career, and if you forget to give it the attention it deserves, you’ll find yourself in a tough situation every time you’re in a work transition.

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