Over the course of the past twenty years, the ways we look for jobs have changed a great deal. Once upon a time, we looked for jobs in the newspaper columns. It was common to see people dressed up and going into town on commuter trains. Some of them had the classified section of the paper on their laps with various advertisements for positions circled. Today, people are increasingly looking online for jobs with Craig’s List or filling out applications online. What has not changed is the use of the resume to impress those in a position to hire. The crisp linen resume paper that was once the standard is increasingly lessening in popularity as more people apply for jobs online. However, resumes are still the main way of communicating experience and expertise to potential employers.
It is important to keep in mind that a resume should be a living and ever-growing and developing thing. For that reason, it is important to keep a digital copy of your resume. This way you can update it as you achieve new goals and accomplish new things. When your resume is on paper and you have 100 copies sitting on your desk you are not likely to spend time updating it. When it is on paper, you are less likely to revise it and customize it. On the other hand, when your resume is a digital file on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, it is very easy to update and customize. For example, if you come up with a plan that saves your company 25 percent on office supplies or increased sales by ten percent over the last quarter, update your resume to reflect the accomplishment.
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In conclusion, it is wonderful to commit to taking the job search seriously by updating your resume. So, the question for you this wonderful day is, when was the last time you updated your resume?
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