Why you’re in trouble without an instantly available, updated resume
I have seen two instances today alone where individuals were thrown off-balance because they did not have an easily accessible, up to date CV.
One case didn’t matter – the other did.
With economies in a state of flux and opportunities coming and disappearing at record speed, being prepared is key.
Test: if someone asked you right now to send in your resumé how long would it take?
How did you do?
The world turns in ever strange, but increasingly fast circles and the need to have our professional credentials readily available is greater than ever. None of us know when we might have a chance encounter or an unexpected request to provide a current professional profile. These situations do arise.
What are the best practises?
- Keep a copy of your updated resume on your tablet or smart phone for instant forwarding.
- Not into gizzmos? Well store a copy in an account that is accessible from any computer or internet connection: gmail, hotmail, Google Docs.
- Add a complete and up to date on-line professional profile with the link committed to memory or added to your business card and email signature. Connect immediately from any device.
- Carry a hard copy in an envelope in your computer bag or brief case. There are still techno dinosaurs around.
Lesson: You can never be too prepared. We just never know what’s around the corner. Don’t wait until you have a crisis to create an updated resume.
Many people don’t start thinking about their careers until there is a problem. So take a few moments when you are relaxed, to understand what is important to you. Have our Career Reflections Worksheets delivered right into your in-box. Print them out in the old school way or keep them open on your phone. Use them as a guide to give your thoughts some structure.
Invest some time in yourself! Don’t wait until it’s too late!