Have you ever been asked this question lately? “Do you have a copy of your resume?” Sometimes this question throws people into panic. People are not even aware they should have their resume updated on a regular basis. Who knows what tomorrow brings. The company you’re working in may close down, relocate or restructure and you may need to apply for a job – whether it is internally or elsewhere. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been working in a company for the past ten years and it doesn’t look like you’ll be moving. Your resume is your working life history. It should be documented. Its important that you keep a printed copy and an electronic copy on file. It contains valuable information about your education, courses you’ve attended, employment history, list of duties you performed in each job, awards you might have attained whether its in your personal life or professional life, specific skills you apply to each job you undertake, hobbies/interests.
I would like to share a tip with you – your resume should give the reader (interviewer) an image of who you are as a person and what you have to offer their company. The front page should contain all important relevant information about your education and past experience briefly. Put aside some time on preparing your resume and focusing on your strengths, skills and abilities.
It is also a good idea to ask your employer for a reference letter in your current job. If you had a good working relationship with a particular employer, or if you performed well in a project/task ask him/her for a reference letter to keep on file (hard copy/electronic copy). With the passage of time that reference could come in handy for a future important job. In my own experience, I have lost touch with previous employers that I did outstanding work for, but I still ensured that I kept a copy of their reference letter to prove it.
If you need assistance with your resume/CV please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to helping you.