Here we are 1 month into the stay home, stay healthy order and I bet you’re like most of us. Even with the best intentions, you haven’t learned that new language or how to play the banjo yet, right? Instead of beating yourself up, here’s an easy thing you CAN get done (and you can still stay in your sweatpants to do it.) Update Your Resume.
As recruiters, we’re keenly aware of how important an up-to-date resume is. Just like your first impression in-person is so important, so is your resume. If it’s not current, you’re missing a great first impression opportunity.
I’ll ask my friends and colleagues when was the last time you updated your resume? Of course, they groan and roll their eyes. I know, I know, they say, you tell us we’re supposed to update our resume every year, but like all those other resolutions, it just never quite gets done.
No better time than a quarantine to make it a reality, right?
And here are five reasons why you should update your resume NOW and at the very least once a year.
- Ideally, you’re updating your resume with each new major achievement, changed job titles or employers, newly acquired skill, or with new education or certifications. Annual updates at the minimum.
- Updating confirms your skills, strengths, and successes. Besides being a confidence booster, you now have the specifics to use when talking to your current employer about your value to the company and what that’s worth.
- That resume is so pretty now – it’s the best time to connect with a recruiter, too. All the better if you’re currently working. Don’t wait until you’re ready to take your next career step. Be proactive and get connected, you never know when that once in a lifetime job opportunity will come along.
- It saves you time when you update your resume regularly. Much easier than preparing a new one.
- And in an upside-down world, being able to quickly respond to a new career opportunity could give you the inside track on your next career step.
So, take this recruiter’s advice, don’t wait and worry about what’s going to happen next. NOW is the time to update that resume and connect with a recruiter – me – to prepare for your next career move.