Keep Your Resume Current with Regular Updating

by Brian Skory

You've just gone through a layoff, or are simply looking for that next adventure. Wouldn't it be nice, when you shift into job-search mode, to be able to put your full attention on the job search and not have to worry about a last minute marathon-resume-update-session?

Many of us keep our LinkedIn or FaceBook profiles regularly updated (we'll talk about those at length in future Tips). Spend a bit of regularly scheduled time keeping your resume up to date.
I recommend setting a reminder on your calendar for the first of each month and taking a moment to quickly review what projects you've been working on. Pay particular attention to the following:

  • What new technologies have you been learning? Take a moment to add a bullet-point to your resume while it's still fresh in your mind.
  • Remember, employers more than ever want to see what you have done and what technologies you have worked with. Your resume is your diary of that activity.
  • With thousands of resumes in our databases, we scan resume directories for key words. Make sure you've taken the time to add them to your resume so that yours is one of the ones that comes up.

Incorporating the above simple practices will make all the difference between a lack-luster resume and an attention-grabbing one. Consider investing the time upfront for a bigger payoff on the back-end.

As always, we're interested in hearing how your job search is going. Feel free to contact us.
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