Recently I was having dinner with a few friends from various professional fields and levels, some of which are looking for new work and some of which are happily working within their field, and the topic of resumes came up. Specifically, the idea of having an updated versus out-of-date resume on hand. I was in the small group of people that hadn’t updated our resumes since being employed at current jobs. Why would I need to? After a long lecture from my friends and looking into this myself, I realized that everyone should have their resume up-to-date no matter their current employment status.
Having an updated resume on hand can help for a multitude of reasons that don’t involve applying for new jobs. For instance, if you are applying for a promotion at work, you will need to show all the accomplishments and why you deserve the new promotion and/or job title. Another time that it would be beneficial to have a list of most recent job accomplishments is if you are ever nominated for an award. You might work for a company that does a lot of contract work, and many of those contracts require the recent CV of all people named on the contract - and we all know that the more impressive you can look on a bid the more likely the contract is to be granted. Finally, even when you aren’t looking for a job, it doesn’t mean that other companies might not be looking at you as a potential hire.
Updating a resume doesn’t equate to quitting a job. It means recording your own professional progress, skills learned, certificates gained, and ever-changing interests. When is the last time you updated yours?