Developing Your Career

The Resume Isn’t Dead Just Yet

By Greg Simpson on August 9, 2012

While the demise of the resume is much discussed, it continues to be a necessary tool and another way to get in front of hiring managers and recruiters.  And even as social media bios become increasingly important in the job search process, most potential employers still request a resume.  So it’s still not quite time to toss aside resumes completely.  It remains important to keep your resume in good working order.

A good analogy is to compare your resume to your car. Taking your car to a mechanic for routine maintenance is a great way to save time, money and stress. A simple service appointment could prevent an anxiety-producing emergency. The same is true with your resume and your social media profiles.  Are you prepared for the unexpected in your career? Is your resume up to date?  Does it highlight your accomplishments over the past few years or was it last updated when you accepted your current position? Do your social media profiles reflect the most current information about who you are, who you help, how you help them and the results you’ve achieved?

Here’s how to “tune up” your resume (and keep your social media profiles current):

  • Update when you acquire a new skill or qualification to demonstrate your commitment to professional development.
  • Update when you take on new responsibilities and new roles to demonstrate the progression of your career.
  • Update when you complete a project or assignment. Be sure to include important success metrics.
  • Update when you receive an award or special recognition.
  • Create folders or portfolios that contain the work you created.
  • Remove information that is no longer relevant to your current career goals.

Performing routine maintenance on your resume and social media profiles will ensure you’re prepared for the unexpected, so make a commitment to update regularly. In that emergency situation, you’ll be glad you did.

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