It happens every January – people vow to make some big changes in the upcoming year. Many will decide its time to seek out a new job or even tackle an entirely different career. Yet even if you are not seeking new employment in the near future it is strongly recommended that you resolve to spend some time on your resume!
To start, updating your resume each year will ensure it is fresh and current; because who knows this could be the year you stumble across the perfect job opportunity…or you are approached to apply for a role that will advance your career….or your work situation suddenly changes.
Having your resume ready will eliminate the stress of having to update and prepare it in a pinch; you can take the time without the pressure to review current resume trends and modify your document accordingly.
Secondly, re-evaluating your resume gives you the opportunity to reassess your skills, achievements, and accomplishments. Take stock of your personal value and understand your offerings, then translate these significances into your resume. Your resume is your personal marketing tool so you want to ensure that all of your notable skills are present.
If you find that you are unable to add much to your resume at the start of each year resolve to find ways to make yourself more marketable. Expand your skill sets both inside and outside the workplace by joining a professional association, attending a company conference, enrolling in a skill booster course, or volunteering within the community. To keep yourself competitive in the job market (either now or in the future) your resume must demonstrates progression and growth.
If you find resume writing a daunting task, take it slow and break it down into steps. Here are a few simple tips to help you stay on task and get it done right:
1. Ensure all current achievements, awards, skills, and employment details are added, keeping in mind the way they are displayed throughout the document is important. You want information listed from most relevant to least relevant throughout the resume with clear sections and headers.
2. Remove dated or irrelevant information to make room for new details; the resume should not change in length, only in content.
3. Make certain the resume reflects appropriate keywords and current industry jargon.
4. Tailor the resume for every role you apply for; an unfocused resume will not secure you an interview.
Finally, if you are uncertain or just plain overwhelmed about creating a quality resume on your own, seek professional assistance. Professional resume writers are skilled at creating current and compelling resumes to help you stand out on paper and get noticed.
This New Year, resolve to invest in your career…and your future!