Keep your resume updated even after you land a job

Congratulations! You landed the job of your dreams, or perhaps a stepping stone in the right direction. Now you’re thinking, If I never write another resume again, it will be too soon. I know how you feel, but don’t be so quick to bury this job search tool in the bottom of a dusty drawer.

Though some believe the resume is dead, buried by LinkedIn and other sites that offer online profiles, traditional resumes still have value. They are requested by hiring managers for prospective employees as well as internal promotions even if you post your entire work history online. Updating it while details are fresh on your mind is the easiest way to keep it current. You never know when opportunity will strike, either within or outside the company.

The best resumes go beyond generic job functions, delineating key achievements. Add a section to your resume if not already present, entitled Key Achievements or Highlights. Then, when you are assigned to a special project or task team, earn an award for top customer service or sales results, or initiate an idea that improves processes or saves the company money, add a statement or two in that section. Also, remember to add a section for professional affiliations, industry-related enrichment courses and certifications.

An additional benefit to updating a resume is to ensure that career track changes are reflected on paper. For example, if you are a human resources practitioner who started out in recruiting, but veered off into the benefits function, add that dimension to your profile statement and work experience. Depending on your next career step, tweak the resume to place more emphasis on the portion of your job history that correlates with your targeted role.

Save the document to your desktop or a career folder, so it’s handy and not easily forgotten. Even if you hire a professional to develop it, having all the descriptions and dates recorded will expedite the process. Not only will documenting newly acquired knowledge, experiences and successes enhance your resume in real time, but it’s like giving yourself a pat on the back. We could all use a little reminder now and then of what we have accomplished.


6 thoughts on “Keep your resume updated even after you land a job

  1. howtobejillian February 16, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    This is great advice. After my first job, I learned this quickly. Updating your resume while you’re working somewhere and not under pressure is so much easier than doing it after the fact- especially if you are frantic to find a job.


  2. Gail February 17, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    True, and not only for job hunting. A recruiter may contact you out of the blue with the perfect opportunity and need your resume the same day to get a jump on the competition.


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  3. howtobejillian February 17, 2015 / 1:31 pm

    Still what I call unexpected job hunting 🙂


  4. Gail February 17, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    Yes, isn’t that the best – opportunities when you’re least expecting it!

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  5. Gail Kaufman November 29, 2015 / 2:36 pm

    Thanks, Annie. I’m so glad you found my blog motivating. The source of my motivation for is each college student I have mentored. These young adults are smart and driven, and determined to understand how job applications become job offers, and what corporate life is really like.


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