How Often Do You NEED To Update Your Resume?

April 29th, 2014

Even when jobs are scarce, advice for job-seekers is plentiful.  Most people who have been on the job hunt for some time can recite a “top ten” list of advice that includes “Update your resume regularly.”

It is important to keep your resume updated.  But do you need to update it every time you send it to a potential employer?  Not necessarily.  Instead, keep these guidelines in mind for updating your resume:

  1. A good resume is never “finished.” Even the top players in your professional field don’t stop updating their resumes.  Think of yours as a work in progress.  Just like the career it summarizes, your resume is not “complete” until your life is.  Volunteer work, continuing education, and independent projects can be added to your resume even when you’re not in a permanent position.
  2. Update promptly to show accomplishments at their best. It’s easiest to talk about your accomplishments in glowing terms when you’ve just completed them.  When you accept a new job, complete a project, or join a volunteer or professional organization, add it to your resume.  Harness your enthusiasm and pride at a job well done to describe your accomplishment in clear, concise terms on your resume.
  3. Don’t forget to show off your “soft skills.” Resume additions like networking events you’ve organized or conference panels you’ve participated on gives you a chance to identify and sell key “soft skills” like time management or communication.  It also shows that you view your work as a career commitment, not simply as a nine-to-five job.
  4. Keep building your resume even when times are hard. If you’re between jobs, don’t let your resume languish.  Contact a recruiter who specializes in placing professionals in your field.  You’ll gain the opportunity to take on temporary or part-time work and get your recruiter’s experienced advice on improving your resume.  Your recruiter may also have “leads” for jobs in your area that aren’t posted on any job board.

The experienced recruiters at 1st Staffing can help you find the job you’re looking for in the Odessa, TX area.  To learn more, contact us today!

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