August 13, 2007
Have You Updated Your Resume Lately?
Right after I began working for Monster, about seven years ago, my old computer went to a better place and took some important documents along with it -- like my resume. So for a couple of years, I kind of didn’t have a resume. It was like the cobbler’s children not having shoes.
One day, inspired by an article I was editing about the importance of keeping your resume up-to-date, I retrieved a text version of my resume from my boss and set out to craft a new version. After all, even if you aren’t looking for a job, it’s important to keep your resume current. Otherwise, it’s too hard to recall all the great work you’ve done, and you end up glossing over details that could help you secure the interview.
Why am I sharing this story that I find somewhat embarrassing? Because we’ve designated August 13-17 Update Your Resume Week. This time of year is prime time to be in the job-hunting game. So get your resume ready, and see what opportunities come your way.
Check out these resources we’ve put together to get you started:
- Update Your Resume Week Home
- “Refresh Your Retro Resume in 6 Steps”
- “Declutter Your Resume in 5 Steps”
- “Common Resume Blunders”
- “Race, Sex and Religion on Your Resume”
- “Rev Up Your Resume to Relocate”
- “Resume Dilemma: Career Change”
- “Resume Tips by Industry”
- “Audio: Resume Style Tips”
- Interactive: Resume Readiness Quizzes
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After a similar situation of losing my resume to a hard drive crash, I made sure I had a printed copy of it and also started e-mailing it to myself to a few of my webmail accounts. Very handy and unlikely to ever lose it again!
Posted by: Nonny | Aug 13, 2007 11:52:09 AM
I am running into all kinds of discrimination trying to find a job. On my resume it looks like I have job hopped when I haven't. I have a hidden disability, depression, that affects my work and my ability to work at times. I have run into all kinds of illegal questioning and wrongful terminations. I try at all costs not to let employers know. I don't understand why employers want to discriminate. Some of us have had to take the help from the government or lose everything, or maybe have already lost everything. I went from being healthy one day to not being able to find a permanent job from the next. Everyone's taxes go up when there is discrimination in hiring practices against the menatlly ill. I have a four year degree and plan on going back eventually for a Master's or a Doctorate. I guess my point is, how are the mentally ill/disabled responsible for all the world's problems and deserve the treament that they get? My point how do I make resume look so I can find a job where I won't get harassed for my medical condition?
Posted by: ambiv777 | Aug 14, 2007 7:38:20 AM
Another good technique is have online file storage to save your resume and other important documents. More than just update the entire resume, it is critical to keep track of promotions, expanded responsibilities, new training and certifications, special projects and assignments and company awards/recognition.
Posted by: Abby | Aug 14, 2007 11:22:26 PM
Also try using the usb memory storage device.
Posted by: Jr Westberg | Aug 15, 2007 3:59:51 PM
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