Update Your CV... regardless! -

For many, January tends to be a bit quieter – except maybe for those who are already in tax season mode. For all others: when was the last time you looked at your resume? Contrary to what you may think, this is not about wanting to find a new job.

It’s about reviewing, looking at where you stand today, what you’ve done in the past and what you are aiming for. You will probably not have even looked at your resume since before you started your current job – which may have been years ago.

Here’s a bit of food for thought:

Review and take your career in your hands.

By updating your resume, you will force yourself to list all tasks and accomplishments of the past months, maybe even years. You may need to re-phrase and most likely cut previous parts of your resume. With 10 years’ of post-qualified experience, those internships during university just won’t be as important anymore.

Once your resume is updated: what do you think? Are you happy with what you’ve put down? Surprised? Anything missing? Would you have wanted to list other/further tasks or accomplishments? What would you like to add when updating your resume next year? 

This is your chance to now sort your thoughts and decide on your actions from hereon in: 

  • Where do you see yourself? 
  • What developments and next steps would you like to take? 
    • A new scope of responsibilities?
    • A step up towards the managerial responsibility?
    • Or would you like to further specialise your skill set?
  • Do you feel you need specific training to tackle any of your goals?
  • Are you travelling too much? Would you want to increase your time with family and friends? 
  • ….

You’ll find yourself coming up with even more once the brainstorming process has started. Speak to a family member or friends who you believe could help you sort your thoughts. A recruiter may be helpful as well, after all, it doesn’t always have to be about wanting to move positions in that instant.

Once you’ve sorted your thoughts, take action: Speak to your manager or the HR team in your company and take your career into your own hands. Speak about what you bring to the table, where you see yourself and what you would like to achieve. Updating your resume does not have to be about leaving your current job at all. And if it does get to the point where you think a move away from your current employer may be sensible, that conversation with your recruiter will come in handy.

 

 

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