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Three Reasons You Should Always Keep Your Resume Updated

If you’ve been happily employed in the same role for several years, chances are your resume has been collecting dust on that random floppy disk you keep in the ‘junk drawer.’ Rest assured, you’re definitely not alone. Whether you’re actively seeking new opportunities or you’re in a great place professionally, here are three reasons why you should always keep your resume up to date and polished.

 

Three Reasons You Should Always Keep Your Resume Updated, (Even if You're Not Seeking New Opportunities)

 

If you’ve been happily employed in the same role for several years, chances are your resume has been collecting dust on that random floppy disk you keep in the ‘junk drawer.’ Rest assured, you’re definitely not alone. Whether you’re actively seeking new opportunities or you’re in a great place professionally, here are three reasons why you should always keep your resume up to date and polished.

3 Reasons You Should Keep a Professional Resume Updated - Even if You're Not Looking New Job Opportunities

1. Spontaneous Opportunities. Although you may not be actively seeking new job opportunities, it doesn't necessarily mean others aren’t actively seeking talent to fill their vacant roles. Many recruiters naturally have an eye out for hidden talent and culture fits. Next time you find yourself talking with a recruiter, it would be helpful to have an already updated resume on hand just in case you’re asked for one. By being proactive in updating your resume, you’re always prepared to send a recruiter a professional document at a moment's notice. You never know, an informal conversation may lead you towards your next career opportunity.

2. Rediscover Your Current Role: Not only is proactively updating your resume beneficial for spontaneous opportunities, it also serves as a great opportunity to better understand your current role. Think about what projects you’ve worked on during your tenure within your current position. Jot down some of these items down, and you’ll probably be surprised by all of the accomplishments you’ve made. Now, if you find it hard to think of previous accomplishments, don’t stress. It might just be the perfect time to refocus and look for new ways to make an impact within your current role. Either way, give yourself a pat on the back for having a better grasp on your career by proactively updating your resume.

3. Lead by Example: Let’s say you're well-off in your professional career. No matter how attractive another job offer may be, you’re not willing to leave your current role because it’s just too good. It’s still imperative to keep an updated resume on hand. Although you may not think so, someone probably aspires to be like you one day. As young adults enter today’s job market, they’re actively seeking mentorship from experienced professionals within the organization. Lead by example: show them your polished resume and allow them to understand the key skills and experiences needed to pursue a similar career path.

The best part about actively updating your resume is that it doesn't have to take much time or effort. Setting aside roughly 45 minutes a month will help ensure that your resume is both current and accurate. More importantly, doing so will allow you to track your professional growth. I hope this helps you find the motivation to dust the virtual cobwebs off your resume.