Commit to Taking the Job Search Seriously By Updating Your Resume

It is wonderful to commit to taking the job search seriously by updating your resume. Over the course of the past twenty years, the ways we look for jobs have changed a great deal. One upon a time, we looked for jobs in the newspaper columns. It was common to see people dressed up and going into town on commuter trains with the classified section of the paper on their laps with various advertisements for positions circled. Today, people are increasingly looking online for jobs with Craig's List or filling out applications online. What has not changed is the use of the resume to impress those in a position to hire. The crisp linen resume paper that was once the standard is increasingly lessening in popularity as more people apply for jobs online. However, resumes are still the main way of communicating experience and expertise to potential employers.

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It is important to keep in mind that a resume should be a living and ever growing and developing thing. For that reason, it is important to keep a digital copy of your resume. This way you can update it as you achieve new goals and accomplish new things. When your resume is on paper and you have 100 copies sitting on your desk you are not likely to spend time updating it, revising it and customizing it to fit various situations and positions. On the other hand, when your resume is a digital file on your computer, tablet or smart phone, it is very easy to update and customize. For example, if you come up with a plan that saves your company 25 percent on office supplies or increase sales by ten percent over the last quarter, update your resume to reflect the accomplishment.

It is also worth noting that it is not only the unemployed who need to keep their resumes updated for job searches. People who are employed and love their jobs should keep their resumes at the ready. A reality of today's job market is that people rarely stay in one job for their entire working lives. Instead, people often leave great jobs as the result of buyouts, layoffs and in search of opportunities for advancement. People who are employed should also have an updated resume at the ready to use in discussions for promotion, advancement or when requesting special projects. Another group of people who should keep resumes as the ready is entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are responsible for keeping current customers and for bringing more customers into the business. This means an entrepreneur should have a resume of accomplishments, achievements and impressive details at the ready to share with prospective customers and potential project partners.
An important part of the resume process is the rearranging and reorganizing of the information on the resume. It is important to keep in mind that the resume is a living thing and should be customized as much as possible for each situation. This is one of the things that technology and a digital resume make possible.

In conclusion, it is wonderful to commit to taking the job search seriously by updating your resume. So, the question for you this wonderful day is, when was the last time you updated your resume?

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