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Why It's Important to Regularly Update Your Resume

When it comes to finding a new job, you don’t get a lot of chances to make a good impression. You need to make every opportunity count. The first thing a potential employer will see is your resume; and this could make or break your chances. You want to show them that you’re experienced, knowledgeable, and hard working—and always learning. Here’s why it’s important to regularly update your resume.

1. Present Yourself as a Professional

Whether you just graduated or are switching careers, you want to come off to the hiring manager as a polished professional. This means you should include specialized skills that would benefit the organization and add to them as you learn more. For example, if you want to get into business you should mention data-driven projects and instances where you made strategic plans and decisions; if you want to get into IT, list the programming applications and databases you know how to navigate. And remember, the more recent the better.

2. Find Areas for Self-Improvement

If the application process isn’t as fruitful as you’d like, you might be doing something wrong. By continually updating your resume, you can identify patterns or lack of experiences and skills that may not have seemed obvious before. You may adore animals and have spent a good chunk of time volunteering in shelters. But that doesn’t qualify you to be a veterinary assistant; you need to also understand animal health, illnesses, and injuries as well as best practices for examinations and lab equipment.

3. Keep up with Changing Trends

The search process for a job has changed quite a bit over the years. It helps to keep an eye on these changes so you can adapt your resume and skill set to the latest trends. You need to keep up with the language (e.g., medical secretary to medical office administrative assistant) and current email norms (a Yahoo! or AOL address may raise some eyebrows compared to Gmail). Take note of the current trends in your industry and be sure to reflect them in your resume.

4. Network with Other Professionals

While networking may not seem like something you put on your resume, the connections you make could turn into references that you will include! When done right, networking can provide you with introductions, letters of reference, and more job prospects. Attend industry gatherings, job fairs, and networking events. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and fully optimized. And add your resume to the platform.

Charter College is dedicated to making sure you’re equipped to succeed in your new job. Our programs and curricula are led by knowledgeable instructors with real-world experience. We focus on topical subjects and hands-on learning—some programs are offered online for your convenience, and some are a blended learning format to give you the best of traditional and online education. Just as important, our career resources will help you prepare for the job hunt, from resume workshops to job fairs to interview practice. Get in touch with Charter College today to jumpstart your career tomorrow.