When Should You Update Your Resume?

When Should You Update Your Resume?

Martin Yate, CPC

Most people don't think about updating their resumes until they find themselves out of work and in desperate need of a job. Job security is now a thing of the past, so we all need to think more carefully about job change and how that impacts our financial security.

Uncertainty is the only certainty these days, so whether it is just time for a change or cutbacks are in the wind, maintaining a current a resume is simply a smart career management strategy that keeps you ready for disaster or opportunity.

Three smart resume maintenance strategies

  • Resumes have changed as more companies request electronic submissions instead of hard copies. Make sure your resume is structured in a way that ensures it's searchable in resume databases, includes a target job title and the skill keywords that you see in job descriptions.
  • A resume has to be visually accessible, because the recruiters first reading is in fact going to be just a six-second scan. Get all this keywords in the first half of the first page and repeat them throughout your work experience.
  • Once your resume is up-to-date, the consistency that recruiters expect demands that your social media profiles reflect the same messaging.

Keeping your resume current is part of a smart long-term career management strategy.

Most people don’t appreciate the importance of having a professional network until they are in a job search and realize they don’t have one. In a world without professional security, connectivity with your professional community is an on-going priority not a transitory demand of a current job search.

A well-written resume can quickly be adapted to become your social media profile, making you both visible and a desirable contact within your professional community.

The most important document you own

You can start to change the trajectory of your life as soon as you take control of your career, with the careful development of the tools and skills of the new career management; and that all starts with owning a resume that gets results.

A resume is the foundation of your brand and is your primary marketing tool. When your resume works the doors of opportunity open for you, when it doesn’t they don’t. Keep your resume current at all times because you never know when you will need it, for that next promotion or a new job.

Martin Yate, CPC, author of Knock 'em Dead: Secrets & Strategies for Success in an Uncertain World, is a New York Times and international bestseller of job search and career management books. He is the author of 11 job search and career management books published throughout the English speaking world and in over 50 foreign language editions. Over thirty years in career management, including stints as an international technology headhunter, head of HR for a publicly traded company and Director of Training and Development for an international employment services organization.

Career Topics
Resume Writing