As a Certified Professional Resume Writer, I hear it all the time. Some super loyal worker is now scrambling to put a resume together after not needing one for 10, 15, or 20 years. This person was very stable and dedicated to the employer, but alas, the employer was not dedicated to the worker. And so there comes a parting of the ways, and now this loyal, unemployed worker is struggling with searching for a job in an entirely new job search landscape. The resume that used to work in days gone by is now totally passé, and the person who never needed a resume before now doesn’t know how to write one for today’s economy.
If you are feeling pretty secure in your job and with your employer and feel that you don’t need a resume, think again!
Here are some compelling reasons to keep your resume up to date no matter how solid your future at your current employer may seem:
Every job is temporary. No matter how much you like your employer and your job, ultimately it is the employer who makes the decision as to whether or not you stay. Downsizings, layoffs, and mergers are the norm these days, and if you haven’t been affected yet, that doesn’t mean you won’t be. Having an updated resume that is ready to go in case of an emergency is your best insurance against unemployment.
At some point you are likely to plateau where you are. Even if you are satisfied with your career at this point, it is very possible that you will want a new challenge at some point. And you may easily find yourself in a situation where there is nowhere else to go within the organization. In many cases this is because the people who have the jobs that might be a good next step for your career are not going anywhere any time soon. To make that move up and out of the organization, you will need a new resume.
No one is irreplaceable. You may be great at what you do, and you may receive many kudos from your employer, but at the end of the day they can always hire someone else to do your job. I have talked to executives who were laid off after they had finished their most successful year with their companies. This happens sometimes because a new boss comes in and wants his or her own team. Your replacement may not be as good as you are, but for a boss that wants his or her own team of cheerleaders, that doesn’t matter.
Even internal candidates need resumes. Even if your organization is in growth mode and there are internal openings that you can apply for, it’s still best to have a resume. You may be competing against internal as well as external candidates, so you need a document that will present you well for that next position.
In conclusion, your best defense is a good offense. Expect the unexpected, and have your updated resume at the ready.
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