Each September Career Director’s International sponsors Update Your Resume Month. I am proud to say that I am a charter member of this wonderful organization and wholeheartedly support their annual endorsement of maintaining an updated resume. I decided however to wait until October to post my Top 12 list because an updated resume is a year-round need, and something you should think about more than every September. Here is my Top 12 list:
12) You hate your job and have procrastinated in looking for a new one because you don’t have a current resume.
11) Your industry is in crisis (remember the financial industry and Bear Stearns in 2008).
10) Your company may or does close.
9) Your company is laying-off employees.
8) Your company or department is outsourcing.
7) Your company or department is going through reorganization.
6) You want a standout performance/raise review (and your boss mysteriously forgets your accomplishments of the last year).
5) You want a raise, and need to provide proof of accomplishments to your boss.
4) The economy is slowly starting to rebound and you may want to look at other opportunities within your current organization, or at other organizations.
3) A recruiter calls you with a great opportunity out of the blue and needs your resume by the day after tomorrow.
2) You want to apply for a promotion within your current company.
and the number one reason to have an updated resume…
1) It takes to time to prepare a good resume or to work with a professional resume writer.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking these scenarios can’t happen to you. An emergency on your part doesn’t constitute an emergency on the part of a Human Resources Manager, Hiring Manager, Recruiter or professional resume writer when you either don’t have anything prepared or you need something prepared quickly. Expect preparation time of two to five weeks and sometimes even more from a qualified resume writer. You cannot logically assume a highly qualified expert can or will do a turnaround within a couple of days. Human Resources, Hiring Managers and Recruiters may wait a little while, but your hurry up and get it done resume may not cut the mustard when complete because you rushed to finish. I receive calls weekly from potential clients who need something “now” because they didn’t prepare. These individuals are often upset that I can’t do a quick turnaround for them, or in the event I can perform a quicker turnaround, there will be significant juggling of my already planned out schedule and that will cost more. “To be prepared is half the victory.” Miguel de Cervantes