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Regularly Update Your Resume | Job Search Radio

Ep 270 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains why it is important to regularly update your resume.

Summary

I know all of you have heard me say the person gets ahead isn't always the smartest or work the hardest… Although those are great qualities to have. People get ahead by being alert opportunity. Sometimes those are internal to the organization. More often than not, they are external.

You may be looking for a job now, but I'm planting the seed with you. The seed is that once you get this job, you need to update your resume. Every 3 or 4 months. Why? Because you're going to be getting in males through LinkedIn, you're going to hear about jobs through friends, networking has been afforded an opportunity that you will hear about stuff that you are not "applying for." Firms will want to get a resume from you and you are not ready.

In addition, by updating your resume regularly, when it comes to review time you be well prepared with the best information about yourself, especially in those frequent circumstances where your boss has left midcycle, you have a new person in the are evaluating you, they don't know everything about you and what you've accomplished and instead of freaking out, you have an opportunity to be ready by having this old document.

Yeah, you think you can do this right before the review. Want to be more thorough if you do it every 3 or 4 months?

All I'm talking about is adding some bullet points to your resume. Every 3, maybe 4 months tops. 3 times a year or 4 times a year in order to make sure your resume is up to date.

This way, if an opportunity presents itself to you, you are ready to act.

You may think that when you get the email or inMail or request, you have time to write it then. Sure. Like that recruiter is sitting there waiting for you and they are now reaching out to a whole bunch of other people. Like all the other recruiters that that client has engaged are just waiting for your resume submission from the 1st recruiter while all the others are saying, "Oh, gee! It's Jane were competing with. I give up." Of course not. They are trying to fill. This job is much as the recruiter has who contacted you.

So, update your resume regularly. It will allow you to act quickly when opportunities present themselves..

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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