Have you ever stumbled upon an opportunity too great to pass up, only to find out that you need to apply for it as quick as possible? People find themselves in this situation more often that one might expect, and if you don’t have your resume updated and on hand, it could create a big problem. 89 percent of Glassdoor users are actively looking for a new job or would consider better opportunities. If you’re one of the majority, this reason alone is why you should revamp your resume before the year is over. If that isn’t enough, here are a few other factors that might persuade you to update this important document ASAP.
You Never Know What Will Happen (or Who You’ll Meet)
Part of further developing your career is about being open to new opportunities and networking with the right people when you have the chance. You never know who you’ll meet or where you’ll meet them, but if you do meet a person with a connection, being proactive and having a killer resume to send them right away will greatly benefit you. If you want to cultivate relationships and establish trust, communicate clearly and in a timely manner. This means having a resume ready and on hand with all of your updated information. If someone feels as though they are waiting on you or have to hunt you down to get a hold of your resume, their interest will likely wane.
It’s Much Easier to Update As You Go Than Revamp Entirely
One of the biggest mistakes people make when writing a resume is not including specific metrics or achievements. “By providing data, you’ll leave a stronger impression than you would with a vague statement," says Rebecca Safier.
It is absolutely important to highlight the specifics of your role — however, if you’re only highlighting your responsibilities and not your achievements, your resume will not be as effective as it could be. The longer you wait to update your resume, the harder it will be to recall specific information and achievements about your current or past job(s).
A good rule of thumb is to add a new job to your resume right as you start. Chances are you will have a job description given to you by HR, which you can easily incorporate into your resume. Same thing with new responsibilities and skills; adding them into your resume as they come along ensures that you won’t forget about them later. You can always edit your resume to be more clear and concise, but finding previous material, descriptions and project information is much harder. The sooner you start working on your resume, the easier it will be.
Updating Your Resume Doesn’t Mean You’re Unhappy in Your Current Role
There seems to be a stigma that you must be unhappy where you are if you are working on your resume — but this is absolutely not the case all of the time. Being proactive about your resume will benefit you by preparing you for the unknown, and giving you a leg up when the time does come for a new opportunity.
Writing about yourself if tough. It’s hard to remember and highlight specific information that reflects all you’ve achieved, but biting the bullet and updating your resume is key to a successful career. It might not be your ideal way to spend the evening, but revamping your resume before the year is over will help you start fresh in the new year — and that will let you act quickly as soon as you come across your dream job.