Jun 03, 2019 - 01:24 PM
- Acquire a new skill or credential.
- Make a significant career accomplishment, or reach a career milestone.
- Get promoted, change roles or employers, or take on new responsibilities in your current role.
- Are even slightly open to new job opportunities.
If you are in that last category, you especially want to update your resume if you are about to attend an industry / professional conference, trade show, or anything that represents a networking opportunity where you need to have your resume ready in case you are asked for it.
Resume updates don’t need to be major undertakings, or involve reorganization of your entire resume. Often an effective resume update requires only a few modifications, such as reordering bullet points to highlight specific skills or career accomplishments, adding a new item to a list or section, or replacing an outdated item with a more relevant one.
On the other hand, if you are thinking about changing roles or industries, you will probably need to rearrange resume sections, add and remove chunks of content, and reorganize it overall so that you highlight what’s now relevant.
It never hurts to have more than one core resume, especially if you work in a versatile role, or one that varies considerably in responsibilities and duties. LiveCareer makes resume updates easy: use their Resume Builder to make adjustments to your most current resume, or build a new resume from scratch (if you want).