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2010's Résumé Rehab

2010's Résumé Rehab

January 15, 2010

You’re not about to upload an old résumé, are you?

It’s a new year and a new chance to put together a résumé that will land you in the call-this-person-now file. Maybe you need a job right this second, or maybe you’re just looking. Either way, a stellar résumé should always be at your fingertips. It should be as easy as:attach, browse, upload and send. Unless, of course, you want to miss out on a great opportunity while you fumble around to put together a mediocre résumé that would bring shame to you and leave the career services folks unimpressed.

Résumés are like Facebook statuses: they become stale fast. Update, update, update or risk submitting something that reflects where you were last year, not what you bring to the table today. Case in point: skills and experiences. Unless you literally do the exact same things day after day, your skills and experiences are probably ever-growing. Update your résumé with new projects, new activities . . . all the important stuff that’s changed since the last time you pressed save on this granddaddy of job search correspondence.

The groan-worthy truth of the matter is that the easiest way to keep your résumé current is to update it every time something significant changes in your professional life. That includes completing a major project, assuming a new responsibility, getting a promotion, and becoming more involved in a professional organization.

So, go knock the cobwebs off your résumé and vow to make it easier on yourself next time by making the updates as you go along. Consider it your new career-planning resolution.