It is always a good idea to periodically review and update your resume regardless of whether you are currently seeking a new position. You never know when an opportunity will arise that catches your interest or allows you to advance in your career. You also never know what life may bring or when you will be forced to start looking for jobs. The professionals at Chic Resumes recommend revisiting your resume at least once a year or more often if you have changed positions, completed a major project, or taken on different responsibilities. Taking the time to review your resume and reflect on your accomplishments can also help you to stay motivated with your professional goals.
Reflect on what you have already accomplished
Looking back at your past jobs can allow you to better see what you have accomplished. It reminds you of projects that you put a lot of time and energy into and were proud of the results they attained. It shows you the difference that you made to the company and to customers or clients.
At the same time, it can inspire you to refocus your future. Perhaps you really enjoyed a specific type of work that you did and realize that is where your passion and talent lay. This can drive you to seek out this type of role within your current position, or start looking for a new position that would allow you to do those types of projects. It is great when you find a job that you love that aligns with not only your abilities, but also your goals and interests.
Identify areas for improvement
As you update your experience and evaluate your accomplishments, you may realize that some areas of your career are lacking. If you had an advanced degree or specific certification, maybe you would be able to fill those gaps or reach a little further. Reflecting on a certain project, perhaps you see now that with additional training, you could have taken it to the next level. Use this as motivation to seek out professional development opportunities. Take on a leadership role in your job and boost your skills and confidence. Building a strong foundation can help in your job search.
Compare your skills and experiences with the current job market
Spend some time looking at job openings for positions similar to yours, or for positions that you would like to attain. How does your current resume stack up? Do you have the training and competencies they are looking for? Have you completed the types of projects and tasks required? This can help you to refocus on where you want to head in the future and what you need to do to get there.
Industries are continually evolving and advancing. It is important to stay up-to-date on current trends and best practices. The way things were done 10 or even five years ago is not necessarily how they are done now. As you update your resume, you can make adjustments to show that you are current with your skills. And it can also be a driving force to give you the kick-start you need to finally enroll in that class or take a workshop.
Keep your resume updated
Your resume should be a fluid document. Make sure you keep on top of adding accomplishments and competencies so that you don’t forget later down the line. If you are struggling with updating your resume to reflect your experiences and abilities, the professionals at Chic Resumes are ready to lend a hand. We can help you to best showcase your diverse talents and achievements to make a positive impression on hiring managers and recruiters. Contact us today at (803) 831-7444 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to get started and motivate yourself to take that next step in your career.