Industry’s Pulse Found On Resume’s Update
“Writing an update to my resume is my favorite way to spend time!” Said no employee ever. If there is one thing that most people avoid, it is hitting the refresh button on their resumes and associated cover letters and thank you notes. But resume package enhancement does not need to be painfully tedious work. Indeed, the best way to update a resume is a strategy that I like to call “P.U.L.S.E” for its simplicity. It keeps your finger on the industry’s heartbeat. This time-saving tool enhances performance in two ways. First, it prepares you for sudden job loss in a turbulent economy. Second, it lays out the foundation for rapid promotion by showcasing your most current strengths.
There are many benefits of using a simple organizational strategy involving a hanging file folder or an e-file folder to update a resume. Many people update their resumes every year or two. Remember in college how your professor suggested that you update your resume at the end of each semester? That 4-6 month rule still applies. Professionals who want to get ahead can update more frequently and with greater ease through a task that takes less than five minutes a day to perform. This technique gathers resources as they become available for instant reference to turn a previous mountain of a project into a mere molehill. A series of five folders placed in one folder will go a long way in organizing your resume updating activity. So, what does this traditional file folder or Dropbox, Word or Docs e-file folder hold? It holds your industry P.U.L.S.E. that includes the following.
Pictures, Photographs and Assorted Visuals
Any project that you accomplish or seminar, convention or conference that you attend can be documented in photographs and included in this file. These photographs, charts and tables can jog your memory of facts and figures to rapidly summarize your activities. Every image counts. Include current head shots, design layouts and even the occasional group shot taken with a selfie stick. While not all images will be used, they will jog your memory as to who you worked on an assignment with or where the conference was held. These small details make for tailored resumes.
Performance appraisals, assessments and reviews go into this file. Recommendations for enhancing or correcting issues that popped up in your performance review can be dealt with immediately. Those positive actions can be annotated and added as an example of your problem-solving abilities. All forms of evaluation go within this file.
All types of positive letters go into this file, including: letters of recommendation; formal thank you letters from companies or corporations; and all emails, texts, and in-box messages that can be used to identify exceptional work.
Selected Articles and Industry News
Any article that you wrote or were interviewed for in a consumer or trade journal, or other periodical, goes here. Building one’s credibility becomes evident – one published piece at a time.
Any note from a staff meeting, comments in a status report, or thoughts scratched on a napkin during a coffee date can be added here. If the item is going in an e-file, snap a shot of it and import the image into the file.
By taking time to collect images, paperwork, and extraneous notes , and separate them into five files in one folder labelled “RESUME UPDATE”, you can easily maintain your document’s integrity in moments a day. And, the clarity that comes from the consistent building of a future resume update lends to a more focused work experience on a daily basis.
File that under, “CONFIDENCE”.