Prepare your resume for 2014 now and be ready to hit the ground running.
Unless you’re in retail, business tends to slow down over the holiday season. It can be tempting to put your job search on pause, but don’t – use this “downtime” to revisit your resume and ensure it’s ready for 2014. An object in motion tends to stay in motion, so don’t lose your momentum. Improve your resume now to avoid a hectic scramble on Dec. 31. Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution and all those other job seekers who will begin updating their resumes after the first of the year.
- Do you have any new skills, qualifications, or credentials to add?
- Have you recently completed any training courses?
- Did you just wrap up a major project with your current employer?
- Have your job responsibilities evolved since you last wrote your resume?
- Have you recently volunteered your expertise for any community organizations?
- Is your resume on par with the latest best practices in resume writing?
- Has anyone else reviewed your resume lately? Don’t underestimate the value of an outsider’s perspective!
Dawn Fischer, an iHire Senior Job Coach and Certified Recruiting Specialist, advises job seekers to remain active during the holiday season because 1) employers are hiring, and 2) other job seekers put their searches on hold, so there is less competition. And, with all the great networking opportunities that arise over the holidays, make sure your resume is ready to go at a moment’s notice.
While it’s critical to keep your job search alive during November and December, don’t forget to put time aside to relax with your family and friends. Let the positivity of the holiday season recharge you. Manage your schedule wisely, plan ahead, and approach 2014 with a renewed focus and a strong resume.