When is the last time you had reason to look at your resume? If it has been over one year, that’s too long. Reviewing your resume is a not nice to do or should do. It is a must do on an annual basis and January is the perfect time to add this annual exercise into your new year’s goals and actions steps.
Generally, we tend to hold off our logging our accomplishments when we want to look for a new job. But what happens if a great opportunity comes around – even in your own organization? The days of the most experience or tenured employee automatically gets the job are long gone. Don’t get caught flat-footed when your next possible career move comes around.
So what can you do?
Take 5 – On an annual basis:
1) Review it for corrections – does your contact information need updating? Is the job title still accurate? Is your contact email professional in manner?
2) Review your summary of qualifications. Does it reflect who you are and what you can do?
3) Edit your list of strengths and competencies – You have accomplished a lot in this last year and you have gained knowledge and abilities. Take the time to write them these accomplishments and learning into your resume. It doesn’t have to be pretty, just get it written down. Having a difficult time coming up with terms to write down? Use the Skills and Expertise section on LinkedIn to provide some quick options.
4) Consider your results in measurable terms. What was your contribution to the overall success of the organization? What did you initiate? Support? Learn? Direct? Manage? Participate in or collaborate on? What were the results in measurable and numerical values?
5) Do you do any “firsts?” Don’t downplay even what might seem the modest of activities or assignments. If you learned from the “firsts,” if they stretched any of your current abilities or perhaps were particularly difficult, write them down.
In the long run, it is so much easier to edit or subtract information than wrack your brain two years from now trying to remember what you accomplished in 2013.
Act now. Are you resume ready?