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Keeping your resume up to date and refreshed is one of the most valuable tools you have in your career toolbox. Don't let your resume become stagnant. Even if you aren't presently looking for a new position, keeping your information updated on job boards is very important. You never know when opportunity will come knocking. And not to be negative, but unless you have a crystal ball, you never know when you may need an updated resume, and in a hurry. One of the best ways of keeping your resume up to date is by creating and updating a career management document.
A career management document could be a huge asset to working professionals with more than a few years of experience. There is the sample career management worksheet and the bonus materials in your exercise files, which are included free with this course. The more time goes by it gets harder and harder to look back and remember all of your professional achievements and accomplishments. You can use this document to keep track of these achievements by updating it regularly. Then when you see a position you're interested in, you can easily find your accomplishments and achievements that relate to the targeted job.
In this way, you're sure your resume is focused and custom-built for the particular position you are seeking, opening the door to your targeted job. And when you're updating this information, it's a good time to stop an update your resume, and online resumes as well. So what information should you be on the lookout to refresh? Let's take a look at some of the things people most often forget to update on their resumes. You may have learned a new application, such as Flash or Excel. Make sure that you add that new technology.
How about all the new certifications and things you've learned on lynda.com? Don't forget to add those. Delete any outdated information. Delete expendable items, such as obsolete technology, and take off your high school information once you've begun earning college credits. Add any new achievements and accomplishments. Have you changed jobs or gotten a new promotion? Do you have new responsibilities in your current position? Have you won any awards or received special recognition for something? Make sure you add these types of things as they happen so they don't slip your mind.
Include new quantifiable results. Have you saved the company money? Have you made the job or company more efficient? Add any of these types of things using dollar amounts and percentages if possible. Numbers tend to jump off the page. Update relevant information. Add any new classes, seminars, conference, continuing education courses, or any other relevant information that's pertinent to your career or industry. Trim the fat.
As you add more information to your resume, you also need to remember to keep it concise. Get rid of any unnecessary, outdated information. Cut, edit, and trim your resume. Cut information from older positions that is irrelevant and highlight the information that is. Rewrite your past experience by concentrating on including transferable skills and the career or job that you seek. Add new keywords. Industry keywords are constantly changing. Make sure your keywords are up to date and managed the search criteria recruiters and hiring managers will be searching by.
Refresh your numbers. Review numbers throughout your resume. For example, if your resume states that you have five years of experience in the industry and two years have gone by, don't forget to change the number of years of experience to seven. Conduct new research. If you are actively pursuing a new challenge with a particular employer, don't forget to research current information on the company. For example, do they have a new CEO? Have they merged with another company? Find out the newest and most updated information on your prospective employer.
When refreshing your resume and you have many years of experience, consider setting up an early career section where you briefly summarize, or even combine, employers job titles and employment dates. Don't send up any red flags by dating yourself. Revitalizing your resume and keeping your career management document refreshed is a very important step in managing your career. If you keep your resume up to date and ready to go, you'll be prepared at all times.
And keeping updated versions of your resume out on job boards may result in opportunity pounding on your door and ringing the bell.
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