The #1 resume mistake!

reading resume during interview

Yes Sir, this is the blog I did my first facebook live video about 😊

But since my blog has a much larger audience than my personal facebook, here’s the blog!

To begin with I must say there are tons of advice available out there when it comes to perfecting your resume. There are many ways to ‘get your resume right’. But the number 1 mistake anyone can make when it comes to the resume is not treating it as a live document.

Mostly resumes are updated only when we are looking for a job change. And updating the resume eventually becomes one more hurdle in the new job search. Now I am no resume writing professional or a career expert by any means but below are three reasons I feel the resume needs to stay updated at all times,

1.Be job-opening-ready at all times

Often times, we get informed by our ex-colleagues and friends about job opportunities in their respective organizations. We might be interested in those opportunities. However, since our resumes are seldom updated, by the time we update and send across, the job posting is either no longer available or our resume lands at number 137 in the list of people who applied. This could also be true for internal job openings in your own organization. Being able to apply for positions that you are introduced to on-the-go is an advantage only the people with live resumes have

creating resume on laptop

2. Save the details

The project that took most of your time, energy and skills is now successfully completed. Party mode on. Resume-update-mode, off as usual! The problem here is that by the time you would turn the resume-update-mode on, alot of specifics, a great deal of project challenges and similar nitty-gritties will have faded from the memory. The result will be a diluted version of your career’s best work in the resume

3. Updates need not always mean adding more content

Finally, making all these regular resume updates does not always have to be addition. It could be subtraction too. Consider these questions for instance – Do you really need to place all your academic achievements? Do you really need to carry that many details about your internship or college project? A timely look at the resume could lead to a leaner and more presentable version which is easier to maintain and, most importantly, easier to read!

Don’t forget to add the ‘resume update hour’ in your calendars for atleast once every 3 months. Cheers to more updated resumes 😊

(Oh and below is the facebook live video)

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