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Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute to Update Your Resume

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: April 3, 2012 at 9:48 am

We’re all procrastinators. We have so much to do on a daily basis that we often push off those duties/problems which can be addressed later.

Don’t let that happen with your resume.

The Time to Update Your Resume is Now

Let’s say you’ve been looking for a job for six months to a year and you’ve finally landed one. You’re breathing a sigh of relief. You can relax. Or can you? Remember when the layoff happened at your last place of employment? Or when the company went belly up in the awful economy? At that time were you scrambling to update your years-old or decades-old resume? Want to go through that panic again?

Or how about this – you’ve been at your present company for many years. It’s not going anywhere, and you hope you’re not going anywhere either. But can you really be certain of that? What if it’s sold off or absorbed by another company? What if the owners decide to retire and shutter the enterprise? Again, do you want to be caught with a dated resume that is in no shape to be submitted to new employers?

Whether you feel comfortable in your present position or you just won a new job, it’s always wise to keep your resume updated on an ongoing basis.

Think of a Resume as Your Job Diary

Use it as your diary in your current work. Did you accomplish something that saved your company money or made it money? Record that on your resume.

Were you promoted? Or did you assume additional duties from a co-worker who was either retiring or let go? Again, add that to your resume.

By keeping tabs of what you’re doing, your resume will be filled with data vital to a hiring manager. And when the time comes for you to be looking for new employment (and we all face that from time to time) all you’ll have to do is polish your resume and start handing it out.

Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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