11 ways to update your resume when you get a new job
- The best time to update your résumé is when you don't need it right away.
- We asked experts from TopResume to make over the résumé of someone who just landed a new role at work.
- You can use these tips to make over your own résumé.
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Samantha Lee/Business Insider
When you land a new job, it's hard to imagine there's any need to update your résumé once again.
Perhaps you just updated it to land the role, and, at the very least, you don't have plans to pursue a new gig after just landing this one.
If you're like most people, you're probably going to wait until something happens that triggers your need to update your résumé.
But Amanda Augustine, the career advice expert for TopResume, says this is the worst time to write your résumé.
"The best time to update your résumé is when you don't need it right away, when there's no pressure or tight deadline hanging over your head," she told Business Insider. "You want to approach the résumé-writing process - whether you're planning to work with a professional résumé-writing service like TopResume or go it alone - when you have access to important information and there aren't any emotions clouding your judgment."
According to a study by TopResume, 73% of employed professionals are open to exploring new job opportunities, even though they enjoy their current job.
But if your résumé isn't up to date, you may not be ready when that opportunity comes your way.
Beth (not her real name) recently got a promotion at work, and she wanted to update her résumé to reflect her new role so she could be ready should an interesting job opportunity come her way.
We asked TC Paulson, a résumé writer with TopResume, to rewrite Beth's résumé now that she's moved into her first management role to help reflect her progression.
With an up-to-date résumé, she'll be prepared should a networking contact or a recruiter reach out with an interesting opportunity, Augustine said.
Overall, TC adjusted the format and presentation of Beth's résumé to make it easier to read and scan through electronic applicant tracking systems. TC also beefed up Beth's résumé to match the strength of her career's trajectory and crafted statements to reflect her creativity, her communications expertise, and her talents in diplomacy.
"This can often be an intangible, yet essential aspect of a résumé for someone in her field of PR," TC told Business Insider.
Augustine explained in more detail some of the specific changes TC made to Beth's résumé to help prepare her for her next step. While your résumé may look different, these pointers should help you overhaul your own résumé:
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