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Keep Your Resume Updated and Ready to Go

resumeWhatever your employment status, it is essential to keep your resume updated and ready to go. You never know when you might end up looking for another job. An opportunity that you just can’t pass up may present itself. Other life changes such as layoffs or company closings can leave you looking for new employment. It is important to always be prepared.  You do not want to miss an opportunity because you did not have your resume in order.

If you are currently employed, keep your resume updated anyway. You will find that various companies often make unexpected cutbacks in order to maintain their level of profitability.  Instances of unexpected layoffs are particularly common in a frozen economy.  If you find yourself in either of these situations, you have to be ready to bounce back immediately.

Whenever you receive a promotion, further your education, receive a degree or certificate, or acquire a new skill, you need to update your resume with this information immediately. It is easier to keep a detailed account of your accomplishments as they come along. This way, you are less likely to forget. If you wait until crunch time to update your resume, you may simply forget or overlook important marketable traits. 

Organization

People have different reasons for leaving their jobs. They become bored with their present job and decide to embark on a new career. An updated resume can help you organize your thoughts. You will be able to get an overview of the skills you have and the skills you need to acquire to make this change.  Being able to visualize and analyze your skills will make it easier to put together a strategy for a career transition.

Be Clear and Unique

A unique and clearly written resume can make the difference between landing a job interview and letting one pass you by.  It is important that you are honest in your resume and that you list and emphasize the skills that are relevant to your potential new job.  An employer does not have time to waste and only wants to see what you can bring to the available position.  Include any conferences, special training sessions or workshops you have attended.  People often overlook their accomplishments. Some of these could be leadership skills and public speaking skills that they have developed while at their current job. These transferable skills are just as important as all the rest so be sure to include them in your resume.

If you have been out of work, look around, you may find that you have been doing creative and effective work without even realizing it. If you have developed skills outside of work that are applicable to your job search, list them.

The best chance you have at obtaining a good job is with the help of your resume. Make sure you update it at least once a year.  If you are not sure how to construct an effective resume, there are many places on the internet that can offer you suggestions and templates. Most computers have Word programs that also have resume templates. Don’t neglect your resume. If you do, you may very well miss out on great career opportunities.

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