If someone asked you to ‘Shoot me your resume,’ would you have a current resume ready to send? Many people wonder – or don’t even think about – when they should update their resume. The time is now. It’s too easy to push this ‘chore’ off until you’re in a position where you’re suddenly forced to take immediate action. Most people wait to update their resumes until they actually need it – a new job opportunity presents itself outside their current company, a recruiter calls about a dream job, they want to apply for a promotional opportunity inside their company, or – and this is when it’s most advantageous to be prepared – they unexpectedly become unemployed. Now they’re pressed for time and have to throw something together quickly to get their experience on paper. It becomes a rush job – and it shows.
A better approach is to be prepared for every scenario and always have your resume ready and updated with your most current information. It’s better to be fully prepared so you’re presenting yourself in the best way possible and dedicating a sufficient level of time, thoughtfulness and discipline to this important process and your career future. You’ve probably had your annual performance review not too long ago, so your accomplishments and strengths should be top of mind. You can use that feedback as a helpful resource and incorporate some of the highlights in your resume. Also, think about engaging a professional resume writing partner in the process. An objective outside perspective and skilled writer can help you sort through years of experience and ensure you are including the content that will be most important to hiring managers.
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