A friend was promoted to a position of vice-president of a company. I'm happy for him and the first thing I told him after congratulations was "update your resume." a l is now in a new league and as long as a headhunter should call or an opportunity to advance presents itself, should be ready with his paperwork. Ready now, not tomorrow. The first impression to a prospective employer that must be one of preparation. And you? When did you last update your resume? "Be Prepared" is not just a slogan of the Boy Scouts, and their updated resume to date is an important part of your preparation if you are looking for another position at this time or not.
When an opportunity appears, you will have the proper documentation ready? Can you send your resume or fax at any time? Have you added to your current position, skills, or responsibilities to your resume? The changes do not even have to be big so they can continue being important enough for you to update your resume. Have you changed your job description? Have you attended the seminars or workshops again? Have you given any speech or has been recognized in some way? Have you joined or has been awarded prizes of any organizations? Changed phone numbers? What about continuing education classes for higher education or certification? Maybe you published an article or book, or gave an interview to a newspaper, magazine, radio or local TV station? Changes large and small, the important thing is to have your resume reflect your current status and accurately represented in a form as positive as possible. Time is not always so short, and many if not most, potential employers can give time to prepare and submit their curriculum vitae, but it is certainly better to have updated your resume ready. Okay, have all added? Now print at least two copies quality paper. Remember Murphy's law? What Ahern Act? "Nothing wrong with waiting a good time to happen." Your printer will start acting up or run out of ink? Is your hard disk crash? Does the local copy shop closed for remodeling? As a final reminder but may not want to keep that updated resume out there on the top of your new desktop, which really should have somewhere handy. e Copyright 2005 JobMarketUpdate.com You may reprint this article as the author resource box below remains intact and the links are live. John Ahern helps people to help themselves better lives and careers. For the latest news from the labor market, job offers, and updates, visit: For a special report on getting the most from your current job or do better on your next visit