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Touch Your Resume

One of the pieces of advice that I give in my talk "The Modern Resume" is that you should review, and likely touch, your resume once a quarter. It was a habit I got into when I worked in the corporate world after having a startup company that I worked for fail.

That experienced bothered me, I didn't like the instability near the end of that company's life, and so I decided that I didn't want to get caught in that situation again. When I went to JD Edwards, there was a feeling of instability at times before they were purchased by Peoplesoft, and it seemed I was reviewing my resume on a regular basis then.

My simple advice:

  • Set a calendar reminder for every 3 months to review your resume.
  • When it remind you, open your resume and spend a few minutes looking it over. Think about what you've done over the last quarter and see if there is something you should add. Things to consider
    • Position/responsibility change
    • Certifications/degrees earned
    • Training taken
    • Volunteering you've done.
    • Articles/books/speaking engagements
  • Look for things to remove if you've added something.
  • Close it and mail a copy to yourself at home or another location (we want resume DR as well).

These simple steps should take you 5 minutes a quarter, and it's worth it for managing your career.

And if you have nothing to add, think about that as well. Perhaps you should be looking to grow your career a little and undertake something worth adding to your resume.

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Posted by Roy Ernest on 25 March 2009

I dont even remember where my latest resume is. I have to dig it out. I am getting a bit frustrated at work here. So I think it is time to move on.

Posted by Steve Jones on 26 March 2009

Touch the resume regularly. It ensures you're ready to take advantage of opportunities, but it might also get you to think about your job on a regular basis.

Posted by resume on 14 November 2011

Well regular updating of resume makes it live, You get knowledge and experience in regular basis. Updating ensures that your skills get advertise and reaches to potential recruiters.

Posted by frankcastle509 on 12 December 2011

yes, looking at what work we have done over the several years and making a detailed examination of our own skill set is a generally a good practice.

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