Steps to Management Success – Step 136: Never Let Your Resume Go out of Date

Written By Rick Frishman Published April 15th, 2010


Never Let Your Resume Go out of Date

Periodically update your resume so you can promptly send a version that contains your most current information. When people request your resume, they usually want it relatively quickly; they generally don’t want to wait until you get around to sending it. If it takes forever to arrive, the delay could damage their opinion of you; it might even take you out of the running. When they are forced to wait, requesters’ enthusiasm about you or the project may wane. So, put yourself in a position to strike while they’re still fired up.

WHAT IT MEANS: It’s impressive to promptly receive a strong, up-to-date resume. It indicates that the candidate is attentive, responsible, well organized, and professional. Periodically updating your resume will give you the opportunity to review your career, assess your current status, and see what you need to reach your goals. It may also jog your memory about old ideas, projects, or directions that you may now be in a better position to tackle or revive.

ACTION PLAN: Review and update your resume at least every three or four months. Enter it on your calendar as a task for you to complete. Keep a copy of your most current version in your desk and in between updates, attach information that you may want to add, such as notes, clippings, business cards, photographs, and articles. They can serve as helpful reminders when it’s time to update again.

EVEN BETTER: Customize your resume for each request; don’t send the same information in response to every request. Shape each customized version to emphasize how your experience and accomplishments will be valuable to each of those making a request.

(Excerpted from: 10 Clowns Don’t Make a Circus. . . and 249 Other Critical Management Success Strategies by Steven Schragis and Rick Frishman)

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