Clients often ask, “When should I have my resume updated?" As a professional, I tell my clients, and I will tell you the best time to update your resume is before you need it! If you wait to update your resume until you are out of a job, stress will lead to a rushed product. We are at our best when we have time to think about the next step in our career and what characteristics/skills we bring to the table.
Next, do you want to work with a professional to update your resume? When you work with a professional resume writer and career services provider you adhere to their timeline. All professionals are different and depending on the level of service and customization; you will need about one week from start to finish for the resume.
I have clients that hire me to upgrade their professional portfolio (Resume, Cover Letter, LinkedIn Profile) and during our consultation they realize that working with me is not a one-day turnaround because I customize their portfolio. I review the client's most recent resume or written work history against the position the client is applying/will be applying for and then ask the client to answer specific questions geared towards helping their portfolio stand out. Yes, some keywords need inclusion for each industry and position, but if your resume looks the same as the other candidates, you will not emerge as the top candidate.
Hiring a professional to update your resume increases your chances in the job market. The best time to update your resume is before you NEED it! Good luck in the New Year!
Until next Tuesday…
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