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The Importance Of Keeping Your Resume Updated

Jan 31, 2008
How many of us actually bother to keep our resume regularly updated? If you were approached for the job of your dreams, the job you have always wanted, would you have your resume updated and ready to be sent?

Update It Yearly

This is what most people should be doing but are not. It is good to update your resume every year. What happens if there is a job opportunity and you find that your resume hasn't been updated in years? You will lose out on a great offer because you could not submit your resume in time or update it accurately with the relevant information that could have been beneficial. It is best to update your resume every year so that you can keep adding your accomplishments or new projects. Do not wait for years to do what you can do for your resume now. Who knows - you may forget important information and that will definitely be detrimental to your career.

Update If Switching Careers

If you are thinking of switching careers then it is time to change your resume. Your new updated and improved resume should focus on skills that will benefit new career opportunities - these skills are called transferable skills. This helps in presenting yourself as a stronger and more capable candidate for a job in the new field. Match your accomplishments to your transferable skills, which will make a better impression on the interviewer.

Update When Anticipating Layoffs

Layoffs are becoming more and more prominent in every organization in every field, largely due to the state of the economy. So in the worst case scenario where you are laid off, you should at least have your resume updated.

What happens to most people is that they are not prepared for a layoff. They think it will not happen to them. If you expect it and are not laid off, great! But if you are laid off; you may end up jobless - and without an updated resume. If you know that your organization is in the process of layoffs then prepare for it. Keep your resume updated. Look out for new job opportunities. You are a better candidate while you are employed as opposed to laid off and unemployed.

Update If Not Happy With Your Job

If you are unhappy with your job, if you are dissatisfied and frustrated with the job you are doing, then you are losing more than you would if you just quit. If you are planning on quitting, it is best that you keep your resume updated so that you can submit it as and when the need arises.

Updating your resume is a task that is quite time consuming. You need to decide on what kind of update your resume requires. While updating your resume you can also change the look of your resume in terms of the format. A well-written resume makes all the difference. It is your best sales tool in finding that better position that you have been looking for.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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