There aren’t many more days of this month before we are into 2016. This is a perfect time to pull out your resume and update it – this applies not only if you plan to move into a new job in the new year. Just as you should be reviewing your credit report yearly (or more often), the same recommendation applies to your resume.
If your resume has collected dust, meaning you haven’t looked at it since you got your job or it’s been some time, think of all of the knowledge, skills and experience you have amassed since then. Do you really remember them all? I would call you on it if you said yes. We do tend to remember the major events or skills but what about the time you helped the boss out with training or being in charge, or you helped out on a project? You might not think they mean something but they do.
You might not think it will matter but I would tell you it does. Everyone needs to have a current resume as that is what good career management is all about. The benefits of doing this are twofold:
1) you will be aware of all that you’ve accomplished – acquiring or using skills, knowledge and abilities, courses or training classes you’ve taken, projects you’ve worked on, leadership skills you’ve acquired, outcomes you’ve achieved in terms of money made/saved, time saved, thresholds reached, speaking engagements or committees you’ve served on, etc. (I’m sure you get the picture); and
2) it will show you what a great worker/employee you are, something that is needed to ensure you are a high performer and know your value, both of which will get you noticed. Your confidence will increase, and you might see some opportunities that you might not have thought you were qualified for, giving you the motivation to apply. An added benefit is for when performance appraisal time comes around to give you leverage on your rating and compensation.
As you never know when an opportunity will come up, whether by choice or chance, you want to be ready to make a move. Ensuring your resume is up-to-date will keep in you at-ready and in control. Make it a practice to review and update your resume, whether you think you need it or not. You don’t want to be surprised or at a disadvantage, do you?
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