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Do As I Say, Not as I Do

Do I follow my own advice?
I’ve been asked that at a few of my Modern Resume presentations if I do all the things that I mention, and to what extent. My answer is that I do and I don’t. I’ve done them all at some point in my career, but I don’t necessarily do them all now.
For the most part I have my brand on my mind most of the time. I think about what I post, I consider the impact to my reputation, and try to self-moderate myself. I do, at times, also send things to others for comment before I post them.
I have tried to follow my own advice about promotion, but it’s hard. I struggle to write my own kudos, but I do try to post announcements when I am speaking, or doing something out of the ordinary. I also have such a presence with my daily editorial and podcast that I think sometimes that a regular note somewhere like Twitter might overwhelm my followers or overexpose me.
One area that someone asked me about was my resume. Do I touch mine every quarter like I ask other people to do?
No. I don’t, but I have a good reason.
I have an employment contract. So even if someone contacted me about a job that is almost as awesome as mine, I have to give months notice to leave. Months as in 3 or 4 (can’t remember), and while I could possibly get out of that, I wouldn’t. I signed a contract, I need to honor it.
So unlike when I worked in the corporate world, and have gotten calls that say “send your resume today” I wouldn’t, or couldn’t, do that right now.
I do try to give good advice, and incorporate new things into the presentation and this blog as I learn them. I have a set of notes that I regularly keep working on as I get feedback and learn new things from others. If you find a problem with what I’ve written, let me know. Otherwise, start working on your brand.

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Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/way0utwest


Posted by Jack Corbett on 27 July 2010

I think how often you update your resume should vary based on where are in your career.  If you are happy where you are and the job is likely stable,  once a year is enough, but if you are in a time when you want to be "upwardly mobile" doing it more often is better.

Employment-wise I'm in a similar position as you are.  I made a 4 year commitment to where I am so no matter what offer was made to me I couldn't take it in good conscience.  I could probably get out of my commitment, but I made it so I plan to stick with it.  As a matter of fact, I turned down a very good offer once because when the offer was made they said that they were looking for someone who would be there for 3-4 years and I couldn't promise that.  It wouldn't have been part of the contract, but knowing that expectation was there I couldn't in good conscience take the job.

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 27 July 2010

Updating a resume quarterly seems quite frequent to me.  But thinking about it - is probably a good frequency no matter what position you are in.  There are projects done, achievements made, career progress made, and skills learned and taught.  If this information is not at least reviewed on a regular basis, it could very easily be missed when updating a resume.

Things could change in a heart-beat with your employer no matter how good things appear to be.  It is better to be ready for it than trying to catch up in a hurry.

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 27 July 2010

Steve, do you have the modern resume posted anywhere else?  Blogspot is blocked here.

Posted by Steve Jones on 27 July 2010

I don't have it posted anywhere else. Sorry, I debated on Wordpress, but nothing done there yet. I'm surprised Blogspot is blocked. Lots of good info on there.

I do think that it pays to update your resume regularly, and I've gotten a touch lazy with this contract. I guess the company could go out of business, but I'd like to think I'd have some warning.

Posted by jcrawf02 on 27 July 2010

blogspot and twitter are both blocked here, kills me, since I can't get to some really useful stuff.

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