Don’t Freak Out When You Need It – Update Your Resume Now!

Matt| October 21, 2015| News

Unless you’re actively searching for a new job, you probably haven’t touched – let alone looked at – your resume since your last interview. You’re comfortable, you’re earning good money and you’re happy. Why even bother updating your resume?

Unfortunately, no one can predict the future. You never know when the CEO of an exciting new firm may reach out through your network and ask to interview you. Or perhaps you will be offered contract work in addition to your permanent job.

We hate to think about it just as much as you, but what happens when a company suddenly closes or downsizes and your position is eliminated?

For these reasons and many others it’s always a good idea to keep your resume updated. You never know when you might need it at a moment’s notice. Following are tips for keeping your work experience up-to-date so you’re ready for any employment opportunity that arises.

Update after each success

Anytime you score a win at work you should include that victory in the list of responsibilities on your resume. When new tasks are added to your plate update your resume right away.  Each time you accomplish or achieve something that would benefit your career put it on your resume. Better descriptions result when information is fresh in your mind.

Replace outdated phrases with action words

Your resume should be strong enough to make it to the top of the pile based on experience alone. You need to be strategic with your word choice. Action words build excitement and momentum. Industry key phrases change all the time, therefore make sure your resume reflects  current industry jargon. Likewise, there are an abundance of overused buzzwords that really have no meaning. Be sure the words and phrases you choose reflect the kind of professional you are.

A clean and uncluttered appearance

A flowery header might get noticed, but it will likely also get judged – harshly. Aim for a clean, uncluttered layout that allows your experience to speak for itself. Don’t go overboard with decorative text or large font; it’s actually beneficial to stick with the standards. Your resume will get read, no matter what. However, it’s the content, not the frills that need to impress.

Show teamwork and leadership

No matter what field you’re in, all companies want to hire team players. Many of those same businesses are also searching for candidates with strong leadership skills; and, it’s even better when you can get both in one candidate. When your current job requires you to lead others or collaborate with a team, it’s time to update your resume. Emphasize your ability to motivate others, supervise workflow and facilitate teamwork that leads to success.

Your position may be secure right now, but remember the future is never certain. If you suspect  staffing changes are on the horizon, give Long Island Temps a call. Our experienced recruiters work for you in matching your accomplishments and career goals with opportunities for employment. Call or email us today!