June 2, 2023 – Career Professionals of Canada: As career professionals, we support our clients by creating a compelling resumé. However, it’s important for all of us to maintain a constantly-evolving, living, “breathing” blueprint of our professional, academic, community, and volunteer activities and achievements. This is the living resumé.
The living resumé is a valuable tool for every individual, even those who love their jobs and their employers. Who knows when a lucrative offer that cannot be refused may come along? A living resumé serves as a valuable and handy resource to help populate multiple customized resumés, biographies, blogs, career pages, job applications, and more.
Many happily-employed clients fail to maintain a living resumé because they don’t see the need. But then the unexpected happens; they’re transitioned out, offered a major promotion, or are headhunted for an appealing new job with a different company. The need suddenly arises for an up-to-date, targeted resumé.
Many individuals forget exactly what they achieved during their college years, the awards or recognition they earned, the projects they led, or the milestones they were known for – including dates and statistics – unless these achievements and activities are tracked and recorded.
There are several methods of keeping a living résumé and, if updated on a weekly basis, the task is not overwhelming and takes only minutes.
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