Think being out of work or desperately in need of a new job is stressful? Wait until you remember that you haven't updated your resume since you got your current job 4 years ago! Unfortunately, most people wait until these moments to look at their resume. Believe it or not, the best time to update your resume is BEFORE you need a job. By ensuring your resume stays current, you prioritize your job security, professional development and upward mobility.
September is International Update Your Resume month, but keep reading for 5 other times you can beef up your resume throughout the year.
1. TWICE A YEAR
It's a safe bet to update your resume at least twice a year. You can start by setting biannual goals to give yourself something to work toward. Start with the month you began your current job, make updates 6 months from then and repeat. By doing this at a minimum, you're less likely to forget important details that could help you stand out when it's time for a new role.
2. WHEN YOU GET A PROMOTION
You worked hard to get here, now don't forget to document it! Detail what it was that helped you climb the ranks. Don't forget to include quantifiable factors like numbers, percentages, profit, etc. Did you increase the company's revenue? Did you help retain a high percentage of new team members? Expand on those details.
3. WHEN YOU'VE ACCOMPLISHED BIG GOALS
Did you lead your team to increased brand awareness and revenue after months of hard work? Document it! Providing backstory on an accomplishment is resume gold. The more specific, the better. Share how many people you collaborated with, the hurdles you overcame and how your progress improved the company.
4. WHEN YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT ENTERTAINING JOB OFFERS
You've been at your current job for a few years and you think it's time for a change. If you're ready to move on, make sure your resume is ready, too. Even if you're passively looking, it makes sense to put your best foot forward if something fitting comes along. Reflecting on your accomplishments will also clarify what type of position would be the next best move. If you change your mind and decide to stay, you can use your accomplishments as leverage for a raise and/or promotion.
5. AS YOU BUILD YOUR SKILL SET
Whether it's a new skill, new speaking engagement or new certification, it's resume-worthy. Decide whether or not it'd be best to add this information within your position details or within other sections. Showing that you know your stuff and can take initiative in and out of the workplace will help you stand out for sure.
Ready, set, let's get updating! Download my FREE 'So What Do You Do' worksheet to house your updates position by position! When you're ready to start your job search, The Road To Employment Workbook will keep you on track.