As part of reviewing my career plan, I looked into my resume, and I realized that I have a glaring weak spot in any career – my resume.
In my life, I’ve only met a handful of people who enjoy working on their resume. For most of us, it’s a necessary evil. Now, there are alternative schools of thought that say resumes are out of date. Seth Godin had a wonderful post on the topic, and other people echo his thoughts. I agree and disagree all at the same time. Personally, I think having your work speak for you is the best situation, and some of my favourite jobs have been won on work alone. However, resumes are still required for most job application procedures, and likely will be for the foreseeable future. So, it’s good to have one available.
Having been employed at the same place for 5 years, my resume is horribly out of date. I still enjoy the challenges of my job, so I’m not currently using my resume to search for work. However, the lack of an updated resume limits my ability to respond if something does come up.
I suppose, on some level, this is very similar to the idea of an emergency fund. An emergency fund is your savings that are set aside for emergencies (or sometimes to take advantage of opportunities). In a perfect world, you don’t need it. However, if you don’t have it prepared, you will certainly feel the pain of not having planned ahead.
A resume is similar. Even if you’re not looking for work, it still pays to update it regularly, as life is full of uncertainties. You might lose your job, or you might have the opportunity to apply for your dream job. In either instance, you immediately need an up-to-date resume, and you don’t want to spend the time making it.
This meant that, in order to really have an accurate career plan, I spent a chunk of this weekend updating my resume.
Is your resume up to date? Do you update it regularly or do you only update it when you need it?