frequently updating your resume

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I'm just going to assume that anyone who is reading this already has a resume, even if it's in its beginning stage.  I don't have to tell you why it's important to have a resume, but I do need to stress how important it is to update it on a frequent and regular basis.  Even if you have to write a reminder in your planner, make sure you update your resume as often as possible.  I suggest at least quarterly updates  in March, June, September, and December for working individuals, and at least semesterly updates for students.  Why?

You won't remember what you did after several months.  As you learn new skills, take new certifications,  or receive new responsibilities in a job or position, you'll want to write them down so you can remember them when it comes time to spruce up your resume.  Of course you can scribble everything down on multiple pieces of paper you may lose or in notes on your phone that you'll forget about, but why not just do it the convenient way?

You want a template that you can use for all of your resumes.  I recommend having one large "resume" with every bit of information you may ever need to put on a resume.  As you create a new resume , you essentially have a large database to pull relevant information from instead of having to try to remember everything from thin air.  Not everything will be relevant for each resume you create, but you never know when you'll need to bring up a particular skill or honor so it's great to have an easy place to pull from.

It isn't just for employers.  Of course that's the main reason most people have a resume, but you may need it for other reasons.  When I studied abroad, I needed two letters of recommendation from professors.  Both of them asked for a cover letter and a resume.  It helps people get to know you better when they are vouching for you, and that's extremely important.

If you aren't sure how to put together a resume and you'd like advice or support, please let me know. I'm no expert, but I truly enjoy helping people put their resumes together, and I know it can be very stressful and confusing on your own.

Samantha | The Life You Love
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