Is Your Resume Up-to-Date?
If you have been fortunately employed at the same job for several years, there is a very good chance your resume has been gathering virtual cobwebs. And you are certainly not alone. At Select Resumes, a significant number of clients are coming back to us for resume updates.
If you are not planning on searching for a new position anytime soon, you might think it is perfectly fine to keep your existing resume safe in an old hard drive or floating in the Cloud somewhere. Well, unfortunately, it is not.
In fact, a polished resume (and LinkedIn profile!) can be almost as valuable to you now as when you are in the middle of a job search. Read on for some good reasons to keep your resume updated- always.
At Select Resumes, one of our popular services is the update. What we find is that since their last resume was written, they have mastered a range of new skills, competencies and perhaps even qualifications. All these elements need to be reflected in a resume update.
Welcome to The Future
An important factor to note is that your resume will be reviewed by software and hiring managers. Applicant Tracking Systems are being used more and more. ATS is essentially an online software application that accepts and stores information that job candidates input. It is designed specifically for recruitment tracking purposes. Once collected, the data provided by candidates for each position may be easily reviewed by the employer and others involved in the hiring process. The ATS can sift through the applications and help hiring companies determine the candidates that may be the most suitable for a given position based on a selection of criteria set by that employer. It is also extremely important to look at factors like formatting, fonts, and keywords. It is also important to use a simple, easy-to-read language for your resume. Including all your contact information is equally valuable so that employers can get hold of you easily.
Just Like A Scout, You Need to be Prepared
Even if you are not looking for a new job, you may decide you want to pick up some freelance work or collaborate with someone on a side project. And if a great opportunity lands in front of you, you will be happier and more confident if you are not scrambling to get your resume up to speed.
Also, we live in uncertain times – downturns in business, buyouts, relocations – no matter how happy you are or how secure you feel in your current role, life has a funny habit of getting in the way. Or besides, you may think you are in the perfect job – until a real golden opportunity suddenly presents itself. What you definitely do not want to be doing is scrabbling around and “making do” with a quick facelift that does not really do you or your achievements since your last resume was done, any justice at all.
You will feel a lot more confident if you have a well-written resume ready to go at a moments’ notice.
Is Your Resume Up-To-Date and “Network-Ready”?
An updated resume is equally important for job seekers who use social networking sites such as LinkedIn to search for employment opportunities. A LinkedIn profile is an essential way to augment and reinforce your value proposition. As a sales and marketing tool, even on its own, you will find LinkedIn an invaluable resource and part of your armoury of career-enhancing tools. There are various ways to utilise the site to suit your requirements. A good tip is to see who views your profile. This is a great way to see how you are positioning yourself in the marketplace and may give you the impetus to look at industry sectors you had not previously explored. Having your LinkedIn profile on your resume is a great way to have an online add-on to your document that doesn’t overload the reader with information – It is there if they want it.
Pro-tip – if you have not got a LinkedIn profile yet – do it, it’s is an invaluable aid to keeping abreast with what is happening in your field.
It is Nearly Christmas – Give Yourself An Early Present
Be ready to start the new year with a bang. The New Year is often a time for reassessment, new beginnings and reflecting upon the achievements of the year just past. Many find themselves embarking on that health regime they have been putting off, while others will make the decision to completely freshen up their homes. Still, others will want to challenge themselves in a new job and if so, freshening up your resume is a vital step in achieving that particular New Year resolution.
A Select Resumes Update is More Than Just Words
If you choose Select Resumes to keep your resume up-to-date, while we are dusting off your documents, you may wish to consider our range of exclusive design templates to give your new resume a professional, creative touch that will make a genuine difference to being noticed in the selection process.