Have you thought about updating your résumé?
From time to time you have thought about updating your résumé but when is the last time you actually made any changes?
Maybe you have been comfortable where you are working now. You might have been in the same job for a long time. If you are lucky, you have moved from one position to the next through word of mouth and never needed one. Whatever the reason, it hasn’t been your top priority, but you will get to it one day. Right?
But what if your dream job suddenly comes available?
It happens all the time. A friend or former colleague calls you about a job that would be perfect for you. You didn’t even realise that you were interested in making a move until an opportunity unexpectedly shows itself.
It is not uncommon for my phone to ring with someone desperately looking to get their résumé updated for a vacancy that closes in a few days. The chances of a professional résumé writer being able to fit you in for an appointment and produce a job-winning résumé at short notice is slim. Now you are updating your résumé at the last minute, scrambling to throw something together and hope for the best. Not the ideal way to present yourself as the best candidate for the job.
Update your résumé once a year
You will be amazed at how many new skills, knowledge, duties, training and achievements can develop in just a year. Update your résumé while it’s fresh in your mind. When I look back on what I did years ago, I am surprised by how much I have forgotten. It isn’t easy to try to document 20 years of work by memory.
So if you have been thinking about updating your résumé, dig it out, have a read, and get started. Set yourself the goal of upgrading your résumé ready for the new year. That way you will be prepared if a great opportunity presents itself tomorrow.
Updated: March 2018