If you have been happy at your job, chances are that you haven’t thought about your resume in a long time. Honestly, probably not since you landed your current role! I can say that you are not alone. Most people only think about their resume when it is time to start looking for a new position. If you aren’t planning on looking for a new gig anytime soon, then you may feel that it isn’t necessary to update it.
Truth be told it is always recommended to keep your resume up to date. First off, it is easier to add in your responsibilities, achievements, and skills while you are currently in a position. Second, there are many times that having a resume ready to go comes in handy! Check out these 5 key reasons as to why you should keep your resume updated.
1. Opportunity Knocks
It is important to remember that even if you are not looking for a position, employers may still be looking for you. They may land on your LinkedIn profile or have someone recommend you. When these situations present themselves, it is always worth your time to at lease check them out. Sometimes the best opportunities come up when you aren’t even looking for them. With that being said, having an updated resume that is ready to go helps expedite the process and it says a lot about your professionalism and organization.
2. Promotion At Current Company
Another reason to keep your resume updated is in case growth opportunities arise at your current employer. Typically if a position is posted internally there will be a number of employees that may be interested. If you have your resume ready to go you can get it submitted as soon as possible. It will also reiterate that you are very interested in the promotion opportunity!
3. Contract Opportunities/Additional Income
Everybody loves more money right? Sometimes people end up in a bind and they may need your services. Even if you aren’t looking for a new full time opportunity, the situation may present itself for some side work. This could be a contract job or even a simple project. Either way, if you have your resume ready to go you can dive right in and make some extra cash.
4. Ready To Look
The time may come where you have a terrible day and realize that now is the time to make a change. When most people decide that it is time to start a job search, they think about everything that it entails. This includes writing a resume, searching for jobs, applying for positions, interviewing, etc. Getting your resume together can be the most timely part of this process. If you have it updated, you can jump on the job boards immediately and start making things happen!
5. In Case Something Happens
This is the situation that everyone dreads and we all pray that it never happens, but the reality is that it does happen. Weather it is a reorganization, an acquisition, or some other reason that you may lose your job, you will be one step ahead if your resume is updated. You won’t have to worry about taking the time to write a resume when you are already upset about your current situation. This will allow you to apply for positions immediately and then take some mental health time to reset yourself.
The bottom line is that getting your resume together can take some solid time and effort. If you keep it updated on a regular basis, you will be happy you did if you run into any of these situations! In today’s face paced world, it can be very difficult to find/make the time to update your resume. It is better to find the time now so you don’t have to be in a crunch should something arise.
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Dan Metz is the Director of Executive Search and Employee Development at the Resilience Group, LLC, and Co-Founder and Contributing Author for Need a New Gig. Follow his blog for more great tips like this!