Job searching has completely changed in our technology-driven world. New opportunities arrive in my inbox regularly, from friends, LinkedIn, and the alumni list from my graduate program. I get emails and LinkedIn messages from recruiters a few times each week. Every once in a while I’ll even get a note from a recruiter who found my resume in an applicant tracking system at some company I don’t even remember applying to.
Although most of these aren’t positions I’m actually interested in, every once in a while, I see something worth applying for. You never know when a good opportunity will come along, so it’s important to have your resume ready to go, just in case. Recruiters and hiring managers are looking to fill vacancies as quickly as possible, so the sooner you respond, the better your chances of getting an interview.
Working on your resume under a tight deadline can be a pain. You may not have all the information you need to get it done right away – or you may not have enough time to get professional help. That’s why I recommend that you always keep your resume up to date.
Here are some of my favorite tips for staying on top of your resume game:
- Keep a running list of projects and responsibilities as you work. Numbers and statistics can be incredibly valuable on a resume, but it’s very unlikely that you’ll remember these specific details 6 months from now. Write things down as you do them so that you have accurate information to include on your resume.
- Make a “kudos” folder in your email inbox. In addition to being great supporting material for requesting a promotion, saving emails of thanks and praise for your hard work can help you remember which important projects and tasks you’ve worked on at your current job.
- Ask HR for your current job description. Many job descriptions are vague and inaccurate, but yours might be a good starting point. Especially when you’ve just started a new job, using the job description as a guide can help you add it to your resume right away. As you grow in the role, you can adjust as necessary, but your resume will always be ready in case you need it.
Do you have any tricks to make it easier to update your resume? Share them in the comments below!