If you were presented with an exciting job opportunity today, would you be able to submit your resume immediately to the recruiter? If not, you need to follow the tips in this article to keep your resume current. Remember, even if you are happy in your career, you may still have need of an updated resume. Your company could ask for a resume as they consider you for a promotion. Many professional organizations ask to review your resume as a requirement for membership. And you never know when you might bump into someone recruiting for your “dream job”. In each of these decisions, you need to be able to submit an accurate, current resume fast! Here are some tips on keeping your resume ready at all times:
Pick A Day Each Year To Update Your Resume (Like Your Birthday).
I like to update my resume shortly before my birthday each year. I find that this is a good time to reflect on where I’ve been and where I hope to go. Your birthday is a time you contemplate what you’ve accomplished in the last year. You set goals, make adjustments, and analyze any current opportunities that may be on the horizon. Take a moment in the week leading to your birthday to make sure your resume accurately reflects your professional achievements thus far. You can certainly update your resume more often than once-per-year, but at least designate one day as “Resume Update Day” so that, even if you neglect your resume during the year, it still gets updated at least annually.
Review Your Job Responsibilities Regularly.
Most people do not update their resume unless their actual job title changes. The reality is, the job you were hired to do 6 months ago may turn out to be drastically different than the job you actually do today, even if you keep your same title. As your company recognizes your strengths and weaknesses, you undoubtedly will be pulled onto new projects and away from others. Whenever you find yourself doing a new task, make a note of it. You can keep a spreadsheet on your desktop to track new tasks. When appropriate, open up your resume and add in those new experiences.
Include Metrics Along with Your Work Experience
You want your resume to be outcome-based rather than task-based. When you are new to a position, you may need to simply list the tasks you are responsible for. But if you are at a job longer than 6 months, you should be able to add information about the impact you’ve had on your team. How many widgets are you producing per day? Where did you save the company time or money? Did you improve a process to make it more efficient? Have you helped land a new client? All of this is very important information to include in your resume.
Make Note of New Skills
Are you using new software in your job now? Have you been trained on a new process or procedure? Make sure you keep your “Skills” or “Competencies” section of your resume updated so that anyone reviewing it can know exactly what you are proficient at.
Seek Continuing Education
If you do not think you have anything new to add to your resume right now, that’s okay, just go get some professional education. Sign up for a relevant course, study for a certificate, present at a conference. You do not have to wait for your job to help you build your resume. You can be proactive and add things to your resume on your own accord. In fact, most employers encourage employees to do just that. Check with your boss or HR to see if there are any continuing education incentives offered by your company..