Throughout your professional career, you are constantly updating your resume as you gain new skills, change jobs or take on new roles at your company. Moreover, now with so many digital profiles for professional networking, it’s also important to update your social profiles, in addition to your traditional resume.
When you receive a new promotion at work–do you need to update your resume and social profiles right away? And what’s the best way to re-vamp your resume to make sure you highlight your new position, but also the experience that led to your new role.
Amanda Augustine, career advice expert for TopResume, shares some insight on the best ways to re-vamp your resume and update your online profile.
1. Chronicle the details
While you don’t need to update your resume right away, Augustine says it’s important to chronicle the details of what you do in your new job. She suggests keeping a list of all the new responsibilities, such as how big of team you manage, or if you manage a budget.
“This is also a great place to log information on the major projects you complete, positive feedback you receive from a client or manager, awards you win, etc.,” says Augustine.
2. Update your resume gradually
After getting your promotion, you don’t need to update your profiles right away because you won’t know exactly what you do in your role right away. That’s why Augustine says you should gradually update your resume and profiles with the items from your list by setting aside some time over the next six to 12 months to update your resume with the new information.
3. Make an announcement on social media about your promotion
A quick way to update your resume without doing any formatting is to simply let your professional network know about your new job. Social media makes it really easy to do this because you can announce your promotion online.
However, Augustine says that, while there’s nothing wrong with announcing your new promotion on social media, it all depends on how you deliver the information.
“If you primarily use your Facebook profile to stay in touch with friends and family, you can post a “humble brag,” letting everyone know the good news,” says Augustine. “Additionally, you can update your job title in the “Work and Experience” section, which is located in the “About” section of your profile. Before you update your LinkedIn profile with new details, check your privacy settings. If you choose to share profile edits with your network, your connections will automatically be notified when you update your job title or add a new job to your profile, which can serve as your digital megaphone.”
When you go to share the update about your new promotion, it’s important to remember to be humble. Augustine notes that you want to show your enthusiasm and gratitude, but to make sure the promotion is set in stone before you go and publicly announce the promotion online, especially if you’re not sure if you co-workers have bee notified of the changes.
Keep in mind too that some people in your social network may have been hoping for your promotion, so you don’t want to upset anyone or have them find out that they didn’t get the job through your social media post.
4. Change your existing title
When you update your social profiles, one way to add your promotion is to change your existing title below your current employer. If you received a new title but your role hasn’t changed much even with the promotion, Augustine says this makes the most sense for updating your profile.
“This often happens when the word “Senior” is added to your title (i.e. “Manager” to “Senior Manager”),” Augustine explains. “If you take this route, start the blurb for this job with, “Promoted from [former title] to [new title] due to [primary reason(s) you were promoted] (Year or Month Year promotion occurred).”
5. Add your new job
Another way to re-vamp your resume and online profiles is to simply add an end date to your current job and add the new job. You can do this both on your resume and Linked In profile by either adding a whole new job, or adding a blurb that describes the promotion
“If you’ve assumed new responsibilities or your responsibilities have notably increased, or your title has dramatically changed, this allows you to add a new blurb to your profile that describes your new role and responsibilities in greater detail,” describes Augustine.
You should list the new job title under your current company, above your previous title and separate the information into two different sections.
Here is Augustine’s example of how your resume should look in this instance:
COMPANY NAME | City, ST (Start Date at the Company – Present)
New Title (Start Date for New Position – Present)
Blurb describing your new role and responsibilities.
- Bullet points highlighting noteworthy contributions or accomplishments achieved since accepting this new position.
Former Title (Start Date for Previous Position – Start Date for New Position)
Blurb describing your former role and responsibilities.
Initially, you may not have enough information to justify this second option on your resume. If that’s the case, then revisit your resume every six to 12 months to determine which format makes the most sense, given your changing role and what you’ve been able to achieve.
6. Underscore new skills
When re-vamping your resume on paper or online, you should underscore new skills and your new accomplishments. You can do so by adding your new skills to a “Skills and Endorsements” section of your profile on LinkedIn or in a section you make on your paper resume.
Moreover, Augustine notes that you can request endorsements from your co-workers who can vouch for your new skills or ask a client to give you recommendations on your LinkedIn profile.
7. Add media to online profiles
When using a professional network such as Linked In, you can upload media to link out to any external documents, photos, websites, videos, or presentations that detail the work you are doing in your new job. This is a great way to show any relevant work to showcase what you do in your new position.
8. Quantify the changes in your position
Whenever possible, Augustine says you should quantify the changes to your position.
“If the size of your budget, territory, or team has increased or the number of projects you manage or clients you service has grown, include those numbers in your role description,” says Augustine. “Also, quantify your achievements where possible. Recruiters and hiring managers love to see measurable success on a resume. Ask yourself, “What have I achieved since I took on this new position? What results have I generated since I was promoted?””
Keep in mind that your resume is always going to change throughout your professional career. So, the more you are invested in one position, the more details and bullet points you will have for that section on your resume. How you represent yourself on your resume and social websites will always be changing, but re-vamping your resume every now and then is important because it’s how you communicate to your co-workers, employer and future employers what you do and how well you do your job.