Why you need to keep your resume updated

Being so young and new to the real world, we are prone to receive many peices of advice, many of which we choose not to take. It’s understandable, we think we know so much better. We are stubborn experts. Maybe we decided to be a little lazy?

Not that it is a proven statistic, but I like to think that I take about 85% of the advice I receive. Okay, maybe I’m speaking too highly of myself. Maybe its 75%? You get what I am saying. We cannot always take every piece of advice word for word. In my case, I put a lot of thought into any major personal decisions I face. I deliberate, I weigh the pro and cons, and I overanalyze what is ahead of me. Advice can still be taken into account even when you don’t follow it 100%.

Today, I want to share a piece of advice I received very early in my career, which I didn’t quite understand immediately. You may feel the urge to ignore it, but I will assure you, that one day you will wish you hadn’t.

At my first job, a (super fun and hip) 30 year old told me to always keep your resume updated. I always thought she was happy with her job, so my response was “Really? Why?” “You never know when you will need it.” The 22 year old in me thought, is this a trick? Is she telling me to run for the hills from this job? Not quite.

Whether you work for a company that requires you to apply to internal positions or a company that selects you for new roles and teams, you should always keep your resume updated for these three reasons:

  1. Unless you have a magical ability to write about your professional experience, resume writing isn’t easy. Fresh out of college, we are taught so many rules about resume writing. You must use action verbs, format with structure, use consistent tenses, stick to one page, etc. etc. Whether you obey the rules or know when to break them, odds are dusting off your resume requires brushing up on the techniques too.
  2. You never know when you will need it. We 20 somethings go after what we want, and we don’t allow ourselves missed opportunities. Based on whatever resume rules you are trying to follow, it’s safe to say it takes a lot of time to thoughtfully edit and proofread your resume. When the moment comes that you need it, you better be ready.
  3. Hmm, what was that huge project you working on a year and a half ago? Exactly. You will be surprised by how much about your work experience you forget. You might remember that big effort you played a role in, but do you remember the specifics? You improved the process by 15% by doing X, Y and Z or you presented theme A, B, and C to 50 – 100+ people, including senior managers. Details are important to all of your hard work, and bragging rights have been granted. Why would you want to sell yourself short just because it was over a year ago?

For those of you fueled by professional success, please do yourself a favor and keep this in mind, even if you do love your day job.

This is just the start of my posts for the Professional League. I have many more fun tidbits of information when it comes to job hunting. Stay tuned!!

 

The 20 Something Guidebook

Our twenties are a time when we could use all the help and guidance we can get our hands on. A few months ago, a good friend of mine told me about a book that she thought I would be interested in. Damn, she was right.

Every year, I feel as though I go through a new “20 something struggle.” I no longer fear these internal battles with myself, but I find a way to thrive through it. Upon turning twenty-five, I was excited, yet stressed about a busy month at work. I work in a very stressful and demanding environment, and at the end of the day it leads me to question my career path.

We all feel pressure to define ourselves in so many ways. We feel pressure to have our career map set, get married before 30, have children by 32, with or without debt. Once we have kids, do we work full time, part time or stay at home? We have to stay healthy, active and financially independent. And we need to have it all figured out right now!!

Enter my new favorite 20 something guidebook. I picked up a copy of 20 Something 20 Everything by Christine Hassler one day after work. I am an avid E-reader, but I figured it would be beneficial to read this book as a hard copy. I’m so glad I bought this in paperback because this definitely is one of those books that I found myself flipping through pages to reread a few chapters.

It is an easy read, but you have to be fair to yourself and really dedicate the time to read through it. Christine recommends keeping a notebook/journal as you work through various actives to understand different aspects about yourself, your goals, and your expectations.

While it has taken me a lot of time to read through this book thoughtfully, it gave me an opportunity to rediscover myself and reevaluate my goals. Divided into three parts, part one is all about the Twenties Triangle. You have to explore three main questions:

  1. Who am I?
  2. What do I want?
  3. How do I get what I want?

I wanted to share this book with all of you as it played a very big role in wanting to start this blog. I posted a status to my friends that I bought a copy, and I was surprised by how many of my friends went out and bought a copy of their own. I realized that some of my friends were going through the same difficulty, yet had never shed any light on it. It is such a relief to know that there are other women who feel the same, even though all of our experiences can be relatively different.

This is not an advertisement, but just a small token of advice to sort through the confusion in your mind with the help of 20 Something 20 Everything.

 

Let’s talk about vulnerability

Hey there, 20 somethings!

It’s been some time since my last post. I’ve been in a relatively stressful place, trying to do so many things at once. Naturally, I strive for perfection, which I am beginning to realize is unrealistic. Have no fear, I will get there, and whatever you are working on, you will get there too.

Today, I wanted to share with you a Ted Talk which my Mom sent me. I’m alway open to any sort of self-improvement inspiration or encouragement. Although this wasn’t exactly a topic that I really felt necessary to explore in the moment, upon listening and understanding the greater meaning of this discourse it really resonated with me.

My mom sent me (and the rest of my family) a Ted Talk on the topic of vulnerability. It was only about a year ago that I learned that as a human, I am vulnerable. There is no escaping it. I had to recognize that, even if I didn’t quite understand what that meant. What is vulnerability anyway?

To be vulnerable just means that we need to understand and accept that we are prone to getting hurt. There are no guarantees in life. I can say for certain that I try to avoid some of my emotions as well as avoiding my fears and failure. This video reminded me that I need to work on embracing vulnerability.

For those who tend to reject vulnerability, this is a rather obscure concept, but Brené Brown really breaks down vulnerability in a funny and relatable way. After watching this video, it seems pretty clear that vulnerability is pertinent to human connection.