Having a great job can sometimes come with side effects. One of them tends to be that when we’re happily employed, we let our resumes languish. Why spend time and energy updating it when we don’t expect to be involved in a job search anytime soon? However, keeping your resume updated can be extremely valuable, even when you’re not actively looking for a new position, and you should make an effort to do so.
One reason to keep your resume updated is that we use resumes for more than just job applications. If you want to seek out a speaking position at a conference, land an article in a professional publication, or appear in the media as an expert, you’ll need an updated resume to prove your credentials to others. If your resume is always current, you’ll never have to scramble to remember and describe your most impressive accomplishments in order to get back to that conference committee by the deadline. An updated resume is also essential if someone wants to nominate you for an award or if you want to apply for a more senior position with your current employer.
In addition, an updated resume is helpful if you’re thinking about picking up side work as a freelancer while remaining in your current position. Freelance opportunities often require a quick response, so having your resume ready to go will give you a better chance of pouncing on the best jobs when they appear.
Finally, it is important to keep your resume updated because no matter how secure you may feel in your job, any situation can change on a dime. If you suddenly find yourself embroiled in the turmoil of layoffs, updating your resume isn’t a challenge you need to add to your to-do list. If your resume is ready when you need it, all you have to do is write a cover letter and you’re ready to apply to your next job.