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How Often Should You Update Your Resume?

You may assume that you only need to update your resume when you are actively seeking a new job. The truth is that career experts recommend making resume updates annually or semi-annually. Keeping your resume current can be helpful for a variety of reasons.

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Resume Updates Allow You to Ensure You Record All New Skills

Each year you will develop new skills and gain work experience. Your resume should reflect any certificates, licenses, or training programs you have earned. Keeping your resume current with skills and experiences will be helpful even if you aren't seeking a new job because you can use it to advocate for yourself when applying for a promotion or requesting a raise.


Keeping Your Resume Current Provides the Opportunity to Show Career Growth Through Career Updates

Have you recently received a promotion or completed a significant project? Update your resume to reflect these significant milestones. It will be easier to think of descriptive, action-filled language to emphasize the importance of these career updates when they are fresh as opposed to many years in the future when your memory has dwindled.


Clear the Clutter From Your Resume

Updating periodically allows you to remove things that aren't relevant any longer. If high school is a distant memory and you have ample job experience to highlight, it is time to remove high school from your resume making space for new skills and career updates.


Be Ready for any Opportunity

You may not be currently looking for a new position, but something may pop up suddenly and unexpectedly that you will be interested in applying for. You will appreciate having your resume ready to go and up to date so you can submit with little effort.


Keeping your resume current is highly recommended even if you aren't currently seeking a new job. Your resume does not need to be updated daily but every 6 or 12 months would be suggested. If you need assistance, contact us at Revision Resume. We would be happy to craft a resume that reflects your current skills and career experiences.




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