When Being Prepared is King

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The job market and economy has rebounded in the past couple of years but it might not feel like it for all job seekers. Stagnant wages, lack of career growth opportunities, and a vanishing retail sector mean that many traditional entry-level positions aren’t always a guaranteed escape from college debt, bills, and other financial obligations.

Young employees are becoming more aware of their place in the economy and this means 3 things:

  1. They understand that the companies they work for can be bought, sold, or go bankrupt over night
  2. They could be approached on any variety of social networking platforms about job opportunities that are too good to pass up
  3. Their industries can be outsourced, they can be fired, or departments can be restructured without any sign, signal, or hint

So, what can you do if you are unsure of what’s around the corner?

In all three of the cases above, preparation is key to weathering the storm. At Resume Buffalo that means keeping an updated version of your resume on hand at all times. You never know when circumstances will change (either for the good or bad) and so being prepared can make all the difference.

We recommend updating your resume a minimum of two times per year:

  1. At the time of your annual review (or, if your company doesn’t have reviews, at the end of the year)
  2. During the midway point from your review, usually June/July

By updating your resume during those two time periods you ensure that the top accomplishments from the 6-12 months can be memorialized without much effort.

When you prepare for an annual review, you should strive to include as many quantifiable success points as possible - and the same is true for your resume. In effect, by preparing for your annual review your company is providing you the chance to review what you are most proud of and why – information that is perfect to include on your resume.

The second update, about 6 months later, serves a similar purpose in letting you think back on the accomplishments you have had since the new year started. This way, you’re always keeping the most relevant and important accomplishments top of mind.

So, what are the main benefits of updating your resume twice every year? For starters, it means that you won’t find yourself in a bind to create a new resume should an attractive opportunity arise. You’ll avoid being caught off-guard if, for example, your company decides to merge tomorrow, and your employment future is shaky. Ultimately, regular updates will ensure you’re taking your career and future into your own hands.

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