Isn’t working on an executive resume such a chore? It’s hard to think of anyone who loves to sit down and write their resume, even if an amazing job is on the line. Some say this is why it’s a good idea to work on your resume while you’re still employed. But that’s not the only reason. Here are five others to consider:
1. You Don’t Have to Dig for Information Later
Probably the number-one reason to work on your executive resume while you’re still employed is it helps you avoid having to dig for information at a later date. When pulling together a resume, you’re always trying to remember the important things you’ve accomplished. But if you keep track of them as you go, you won’t have to do the digging later.
2. Sometimes You Forget the Other Things You Do
As an executive, you probably have an assistant who keeps track of the projects you take on related to job. But sometimes, it’s the smaller aspects (e.g., giving a speech to students through Junior Achievement) that make you the executive you are.
Everything you do is important as it makes you well-rounded. So to make sure you don’t forget it all, keep track of it as you go.
3. It Makes Asking for References/Testimonials Easier
You probably wouldn’t have made it to where you are now without plenty of people speaking on your behalf. Instead of trying to round up compliments to see who you will ask for a reference or testimonial at a later date, you can keep your e-mails or jot down your voice messages as they arrive and add them to your resume. This way, when the time comes, you won’t be scrambling for this information.
4. It Could Encourage You to Do More on the Job
I’m not suggesting that you’re not already encouraged to do a great job, but sometimes it takes looking at our accomplishments to relight a dimming flame. If you’ve lost some of your inspiration, regularly updating your resume could remind you of why you’re great and encourage you do to more at your current employer—or a new one.
5. It Helps You Think of Your Future
In the same vein as number four, regularly adding to your resume could help you think about your future. Sometimes it takes looking at where you’ve been and currently are to show you where you need to go.
There’s really no downside to continuously working on your executive. So set time out of your busy schedule to make sure you’re able to produce the best document possible when you apply for a new position.
Global resume authority Jessica Hernandez of http://www.greatresumesfast.com is a former HR Manager who partners with professional- and executive-level candidates to create authentic, branded resumes and cover letters. An international resume columnist and resume expert for JobTalkAmerica radio, her work opens doors to lucrative positions at Fortune 500 companies.
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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!
I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!
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