Annual Career Check-up: Update Your Resume
- 19% – It’s been more than two years
- 25% – Maybe once a year
- 18% – Every six months
- 28% – Each time I achieve a new goal
- 7% – Once a month
- Employees at large companies are more likely to regularly update their resume. Fifty-seven percent of employees said they update it as soon as a new goal is achieved, compared to only 35% at mid-sized firms.
- Professionals in Consulting and Sales roles are the most diligent at updating their resume as soon as a new goal is achieved, with at least 40% citing that they did so. Finance and IT professionals were the least proactive updating their resumes.
- Forty-eight percent of employees in the 18-24 age range said they update their resume when a new goal is achieved, while employees in the 35-54 age range were least likely to do so (24%).
- Herrmann advises that your resume is meant to catch the eye of a hiring manager. “It’s important to address the issues that a potential new manager looks at the most carefully, such as relevant skills, functional experience and accomplishments. Use this tool as a way to convey your competitive advantage and the value you bring to a prospective employer. You will have a much better chance of success.”
- List accomplishments and proof of performance. Focus on success metrics that can be quantified or qualified whenever possible. Highlight skills and how you have used them to be successful in the past.
- Focus on most recent experience. This is your industry and functional experience garnered mainly from the last two years. Remove information that is no longer important to your career goals.
- Keep the format fresh. Use contemporary styles to ensure it appears current and relevant. Make sure you cover the basics with what should be included: name, contact information, objective statement, employment history, skills and experience, and educational achievements.
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