Why It’s Imperative to Update Your Resume regularly

If you think for one minute that opportunities don’t just appear out of the blue and that the event you are attending is probably the most unlikely place to find a job, then I can boldly say that you are hugely mistaken. Opportunities are like seasons; they just come and go so easily without any effort of yours. The only distinguishing factor between the two is that opportunities occur more frequently than the weather changes. But if you fail to notice them for any reason or you are not quick enough to maximize an opportunity, then in the end, you are the one who is missing out.

Have you heard of the ‘principle of planned happenstance’? well, John Krumboltz’s career theory explains how unplanned events or just plain ‘chance’ can have a tremendous impact on your career prospects not only in terms of increasing your professional network but also your chances of landing a job. Krumbolt argues that luck is no accident and stresses the importance of developing the ability to identify opportunities while constantly being curious, flexible and persistent.

Without saying, one should know that, planned happenstance is strongly associated with networking. So if you’ve been invited to a party and chances of seeing a known face are slim, don’t despair, you are likely to meet two or three people who would want to get to know you better and be interested in listening to you and what you have to offer. Well, that is unless you are being rude and anti-social; if that is the case what is the point of even attending the party, right?

At this point, I am sure you’ll be wondering how all of is this relevant to regularly updating your resume?

It’s not brainer to know that when you are on the ‘job-hunt’, unplanned events will require that you are well-prepared to ‘perform on the spot’ e.g. to talk about yourself, to sell your skills through your ‘sales pitch’ etc. Apart from that, though, you also need to have your resume ready – or at least a professional card, so that you can give out your contact details right away. While you may think that it’s not entirely a big deal if you did not bring your resume with you, this can actually take you several steps back in your job search.

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So, imagine this. You meet an employer at a friend’s wedding and after a couple of minutes of chatting, he seems to be so impressed and interested in your abilities say as a writer, that he asks you for a resume. When you tell him you did not come with one considering the event, then he says that is okay, drop me an email. If you are consistent, and you have your updated resume ready, you can send an email on the spot or at most, later that same day, but if not…well, you are at risk of losing a big opportunity. By the time you update your resume, a week has passed, and the employer has already contacted another two possible candidates that seem to be ‘a good fit’.

So apart from stating the obvious, here are some reasons why you should continually update your resume even if you are already employed and not currently looking for a job:

1. Makes it captivating
Staying relevant is vital to resume success. Ensuring that your resume effectively corresponds to current resume writing trends e.g. provides links to websites – your online work, and makes effective use of keywords, means that employers are more likely to consider your application. Since most of your chances of getting the job depend on this document, you have to make it as attention-grabbing as possible while incorporating new techniques in your resume writing.

2. Monitors your career growth
You are unique and different. No two people can carry out a job exactly the same way. Everyone else’s learning curve or technique is different to yours. This is essentially what employers are counting on as they want to see your own creativity and problem-solving skills in specific areas. Keeping your resume up-to-date and logging in your achievements instead of job duties, will help you monitor your professional development and will show employers how much you have progressed. Also, it will make you feel more confident about your own abilities.

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3. Reminds you of your skills
When you are involved in too many things, it is very easy to lose track of the core things you do. That is a fact, especially if you are a committed volunteer who handles different tasks every day. This is problematic in the sense that you do not ever take the time to write down all of what you did – including your achievements, and when the time comes to explain how you make a good fit, you cannot think of anything to put in your resume.

The importance of keeping a draft of your achievements in every job you take cannot be over emphasized. Write it down the moment it crosses your mind otherwise you will forget about it. This is to avoid the struggle of having to remember what you did while on a voluntary project, or even at your previous job.

4. Prepares you for the worst
Never ever forget that we live in a competitive world, and people are getting made redundant or let go at a much faster rate than five years ago. In an attempt to reduce their costs, companies are letting go of employees and rethinking their strategies. Likewise, you should be ready for the worst. Make sure that you keep your resume current as you never know when it will come handy. Having an up-to-date resume means that you will move on to another job much quicker and as such you will recover from the layoff sooner.

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5. Prepares you for the best
On the flip side, since you never know when opportunity will knock on your door, you should keep your resume up-to-date, so that when you are offered your next promotion, you have it ready in your desk drawer. Likewise, if you are planning to get a new job, your up-to-date resume will be ready.

Having to work on your resume might be overwhelming and stressful for some though it is essential if you want to progress and make good use of available opportunities. But, neglecting your resume altogether means that you will need to put more work on it when the time comes to actually search for a job. So why not save yourself valuable time and effort by updating your resume more often?

Do you want to update your CV/Resume but can’t seems to find the time to do it? Have no fear, Ngcareers will help you put that amazing and captivating CV/Resume together.

Your resume is the most important document that you own. How often do you work on it? Let us know in the comments section below…

About Stellamaris Obomanu

Loves to read, loves to write, loves to laugh, loves life and yeah, she's as real as they come.

2 Comments

  1. Ebenebe Ernest Onyeka says:

    How do i send my CV across to you for that supersonic touch

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