The new year has already started and many of us sat new resolutions or goals. Some have maintained progress toward achieving those resolutions/goals. Others, have fallen off and failed at keeping those resolutions/goals.
However, I would like to propose that each of you take up a new resolution right now which could lead to a huge difference in your career and paycheck bottom line in the upcoming year. This simple new resolution is one every person can benefit from in one way or another and involves your resume. Yes, your resume, the one document which you use to sell yourself to future employers for a job. If you have a resume already, this resume can take less than an hour to accomplish.
Here is the resolution each of us should undertake each new year: I will update, revise, and modify my resume to ensure it highlights all my strengths and skills in a clear and concise manner.
You will find that if you update your resume it will build self-confidence as you see what your accomplishments are over the past year while keeping them fresh on your mind. Updating your resume will also motivate you and help you focus on the big picture of what you want in your life. It will ensure you will be ready if a new job opportunity or promotion comes your way in the upcoming year. Finally updating your resume will ensure you are ready if you encounter a job loss for one reason or another in the upcoming year.
Now get a printed copy of your resume and review it as you answer the following 10 questions to help you update your resume.
First and Foremost, ENSURE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION IS STILL CURRENT. Ask yourself these questions, if you say YES, to any of the questions below make sure you update the specific area of your resume.
- Did you change your name if you got married?
- Did you change addresses, phone number, or e-mail addresses within the past year?
- Have you changed, added a new job, or have been promoted in the last year? If so, did you take on new responsibilities you need to highlight?
- Did you leave a job in the past year? If so, make sure the leave date is updated.
- Did you learn or acquire any new skills that you wish to highlight?
- Did you complete any new classes or education you wish to highlight?
- Did you gain or loss any certifications you want to highlight?
- Are there new volunteer activities or leadership positions in organizations you wish to highlight?
- Are there any new awards or recognitions received in the past year you want to highlight?
Have you contacted your references to verify they still will be a reference for you in the upcoming year? If they agree, ensure their contact information is still correct and send them an updated copy of your resume.
Now that you have answered those questions and updated your resume, let someone other than yourself proofread for grammar, punctuation, and spelling. They also can help you if they find any formatting issues you may have over looked. Make those corrections and your resume is ready for the upcoming year in the event you need to apply for a job opening or due to job loss beyond your control happens in 2017.
If you have any difficulty in revising your resume or need advice/coaching contact Terry at Upward MC.
Terry is a Career and Executive Leadership Coach with Upward MC in Benton, Kentucky. He can be contacted via e-mail at Terry@upwardmc.com or by phone at 270-493-0967. His website can be found at http://www.upwardmc.com