Reduce Work-Related Stress: Create A Self-Care Plan

Tight deadlines, budget cuts, economic change, interpersonal conflicts, and an overall lack of sleep is enough to make anyone overwhelmed with stress. And this list is only the tip of the iceberg.
Even though we have seen an increase in self-care campaigns in the past few years work stress is still a prevalent issue. However, this is not a surprising phenomenon considering we spend a large part of our lives at work. Our careers and the level of success we have within them often times dictate how we perform in other areas of our lives. At times it can be difficult to keep work-related stress where it belongs- in the office and so it goes home with us and there it continues to infiltrate our lives even further. So, with that being said wouldn’t it be better to have a preventive game plan for stress reduction/management?

The American Institute of Stress, says this about workplace stress:

Stress is a highly personalized phenomenon and can vary widely even in identical situations for different reasons. One survey showed that having to complete paperwork was more stressful for many police officers than the dangers associated with pursuing criminals. The severity of job stress depends on the magnitude of the demands that are being made and the individual’s sense of control or decision-making latitude he or she has in dealing with them. Scientific studies based on this model confirm that workers who perceive they are subjected to high demands but have little control are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease.


The American Institute of Stress. [Web log post]. Retrieved April 30, 2019, from https://www.stress.org/workplace-stress

As mentioned by the American Institute of Stress, the cause and effects of stress vary from person to person. Some individuals thrive when faced with high-pressure situations and work environments while others perform better under slower paced, less frenzied environments. It all hinges on the individual’s personality and work/learning style. Either way, having a toolbelt of stress-reducing tactics can only serve to promote a healthy life both in the office and at home.

Taking time for self-care is such an important element for reducing and managing our stress levels. So it’s a great place to start thinking about your stress management plan. What do you absolutely love to do? And we are not talking about work here, this has to be something non-work related that you can do for pure enjoyment. Read this article, “10 Tips to Help You De-Stress” for inspiration on implementing activities and an overall mindset towards self-care.

A stressed-out worker is an unhappy worker, and an unhappy worker is an unproductive worker. In fact, an estimated 1 million workers call in sick as a result of stress every day.

Uzialko, Adam C. [Web log post]. 3 Steps to Eliminate Workplace Stress. April 16, 2019. Retrieved April 30, 2019
https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8129-stress-reduction-tips.html

In the article above the author breaks it down into three easy categories to help us focus our efforts on reducing workplace stress. 1. Identify the cause 2. Assess your communication habits 3.Do more for yourself.

Read the full article here.

Stress and how we cope varies from person to person. So what helps one person may not be helpful for another. No one else truly knows where your area’s of struggle may be in the work environment. This is why it is important to be proactive in your own self-care/stress management strategy.

It is a good idea to routinely take stock of your work day and see where there is room for improvement, not only in productivity but also in stress reduction/management techniques. Because let’s face it, our level of success depends greatly on our health. In order to continue performing well in our jobs, we need to ensure we are strong both physically and mentally so we can not only meet the demands of work life but exceed them.

Additional Reading:

https://www.forbes.com/2009/09/30/executive-job-stress-leadership-ceonetwork-ccl.html#668ee1e75faf

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2013/03/20/12-ways-to-eliminate-stress-at-work/#708a16aa7f29

https://www.business2community.com/strategy/8-proven-ways-to-overcome-work-stress-01267151

https://hbr.org/2018/08/you-know-you-need-more-sleep-heres-how-to-get-it?autocomplete=true


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Cover Letters – Do I Need One?

interview questions

You may be wondering if you need a cover letter to compliment your resume when applying for jobs. Are you asking yourself “What difference will it make or can it make?” Let’s discuss when you should send a cover letter and why.

Essentially we should be sending a cover letter along with our resumes to hiring managers unless they specifically say otherwise. Here are the two main reasons:

  1. You can speak directly to your specific qualifications and why these make you the best candidate for the job. Your cover letter allows you to tell employers “who you are” and align your experience and career with their business needs.
  2. The cover letter is used to send a targeted message specific to each job/career for which you are applying.

It is possible to find numerous examples of how to write a cover letter and what the best formatting options are. However, when you work with our professional resume writers you will get the benefit of experience, past client feedback, and current formatting to optimize the ROI. In addition, it can be a struggle to capture who you are on paper. This is why it helps to have a professional writer head the effort.

The window of opportunity to make a strong first impression can be a narrow one. This is especially true when the job market is flooded. The higher the volume of job seekers the more challenging it is to grab the attention of hiring managers. Once you have their attention your cover letter needs to be strong enough to hold it.

Knowing what to put in your cover letter is important, however, knowing what not to add is just as important. In a blog written by Joe Matar titled, 6 Things Your Cover Letter Should Never Say (But Probably Does)

The author talks about the need for your cover letter to be concise. The cover letter is your opportunity to fashion a direct message to the company. Joe Matar explains that saying “a skills and experience section” will not have as much impact compared to telling the story of your career and the value you bring. The same goes for this statement: “I want to work in this industry”. It does not show the employer your passion for their particular company. You want the hiring manager to know you are ready to invest yourself into the very specific needs of their business. Read more of what Joe Matar has to say on this here.

It is also important that you choose the appropriate letter type as well. For example your letter will read differently if you are applying for a specific job posting or you are simply inquiring about job opportunities within that particular company. Hiring managers should not be left guessing about your goals via the cover letter.

Before you start applying for jobs, be sure to invest time in creating a professional cover letter. Make the cover letter concise and direct. This document is an invaluable tool in ushering you through to the interview process in your job search. Use this opportunity to show future employers who you are, and why they need you on their team.


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Books For Your Nightstand

This is a great article to read if you are considering writing your own resume.  Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, we are here to help you!

We here at Power Writers USA agree with Emily Delbridge’s statement:

“… building a career, unlike finding a job, is a lifetime pursuit”.


Delbridge, Emily (2018, December 24). The 9 best Career Books to buy in 2019 [Web log post]. Retrieved February 21, 2019, from https://www.thebalancecareers.com/best-career-books-4173929

We also know to navigate the constantly changing face of job economics and trends can be a daunting task. This is precisely why we dedicate ourselves to coming alongside our clients to assist them in building a fresh and dynamic resume. We believe a professional resume creates a strong foundation for any career path.

In her article, Emily Delbridge has curated a useful list of books for anyone interested in reading up on career advice.

For full article: Click here 

Doing your research on job market trends is definitely time well spent. It can be nice to have a list of books to help narrow your focus and perhaps provide some much-needed inspiration.


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Your resume helps put all the pieces together for a strong career portfolio.

Entry Level Job Interview Tips

Interview Tips

Whether you are fresh out of college, high school, or just new to the workforce, there are a lot of easy things you can do to make sure your job interview is successful.  While there are vast resources providing a plethora of information, we’ve narrowed a few key items we think will benefit your job interview success.

Preparation is Key

Any interview coach, career coach, resume writer, recruiter, or hiring manager will tell you that in order to be successful, you must be prepared.  The better prepared you are, the more confidently you will be able to speak about the value you bring to the organization.  You will have a better understanding of what will be required of you and you can ask more thoughtful questions to the interviewer.

Know Yourself

One of the keys to being prepared for your job interview is to know yourself, including your strengths and weaknesses.  You also will want to be prepared to relate personal or professional experiences to your target job position.  Take a job posting and go bullet by bullet through the description and write down an experience you had that relates to each description, requirement, or qualification.

Write it Down

Don’t skimp on this.  One way to really solidify your understanding of the job and your relatable experience is to actually take the time to write down your strengths and relatable experience.  Getting your mind to work by taking pencil to paper really helps to clarify your thoughts and think out key messages you want to discuss, as well as refine your understanding of what will be required.

Develop Your Key Message

If you want to stand out among the many applicants that are vying for the same job you are, you need to really clarify your key message of value.  This means you need to understand what the hiring organization is looking for and how you are the best fit for that position.  Think of it as an elevator speech; what can you say to the employer in 15-30 seconds that will convince them to hire you?  Think of your message as a hierarchy, start at the top and deliver your bottom line message of value and how you can immediately help the organization.  Then support that statement by backing it up.  For example, “I will increase sales and drive revenue for your organization by using proven sales strategies, communicating effectively with customer and providing world-class customer service.”

Conduct a Mock Interview

Whether you work with a professional interview coach or a friend, you will benefit tremendously by engaging in a mock interview.  While a friend can be a great assistant for this exercise, a professional interview coach will be able to provide you with expert feedback about how you answered the questions and where you can improve.  Having to think through the answers you’ve prepared for, in addition to answering surprise question will be a huge benefit towards preparing for your job interview.  You can find interview questions all over the internet to help.  You may even want to watch some YouTube videos for additional help

Dress Appropriately

Make sure you understand the culture of the organization you are applying for and dress appropriately for the job interview.  If you are interviewing for an entry level banking or finance position, don’t show up in jeans and a polo shirt; slacks and a button up shirt with a tie would be more appropriate.  Dress for the culture.

Conclusion

As we first mentioned preparation is key to ensuring success at your job interview.  The more you prepare the better your chances for success.  Understanding yourself and the position you are after, coupled with practicing interview questions will go a long way.  Good luck!

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Can a Recruiter Resume Distribution Service Help Your Job Search?

Resume Distribution

The short answer to whether a recruiter resume distribution service can help you is, yes.  The idea behind the service is that your resume will be sent out to hundreds, if not thousands, of eager recruiters whose job it is to find you a new place to work.  They do a lot of the heavy lifting and you get callbacks for interviews.  But there is some strategy behind making the service work its best for you.  Here’s some key points to help you maximize the value and return of engaging with a resume distribution service.

Define your criteria

You will need to define certain criteria such as your target job positions, location, willingness to relocate, etc.  The clearer you are in your ability to define your career goal or idea job, the easier it will be for others to be able to find a match.  By being clear with your intentions it will avoid a lot of confusion and will save everyone, including you, a lot of time and energy.

Write a compelling letter to the recruiter

You will need to introduce yourself to the recruiter when your resume is distributed.  You can do this most effectively with a letter to the recruiter.  In this letter you need to convey a compelling reason why the recruiter should take their time to work with you and help find you a job, along with what key values you can offer a hiring organization. Your recruiter letter similar to a cover letter but doesn’t necessarily need to be as full of information; this is a high-level, introductory letter that gets the recruiter excited about learning more about you and to help you land a job.  Keep it short and sweet, and please, put your contact information on the letter!

Follow up for success

Depending on the service you use, you may be provided with a list of all the recruiters, or recruiting agencies, that your resume was sent to.  Start making calls!  Set a goal for yourself to call a certain number of recruiters each day.  This step is critical to making the right connections.  Start a dialogue with the recruiters you speak with, ask them questions, tell them your goals, and work with them to get to know you better.  This will serve you well.

With a clear trajectory, the right attitude, the willingness to put in your time and network with the recruiters you sent your resume to, you will find that a recruiter resume distribution service will be a useful service in your job search.  Your job search will be opened up to opportunities you hadn’t heard about, and your ability to land a fitting job in a shorter time-frame will be increased.  Best wishes!

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Job Searching is Marketing.  Do You Know How to Market Yourself?

Market Yourself

Job searching is not a passive activity, it requires energy, focus, time, the assistance of others, and in some cases, luck.  But if you think of yourself like a product, out there competing with other products who are motivated to be swept up by the right organization, you can increase your odds of lining up a great job.  Much like a tangible product in the real market, you, as a product, needs to be marketed in order to be consumed.  You need to market yourself.  Here are some pointers to help you improve your self-marketing abilities.

Know your self

Knowing yourself is critical to helping you define what you want to do by knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are.  A lot of job satisfaction and come from you being in an environment where you can perform well.  Knowing yourself also helps you define your value to a potential employer.  Taking the time to get in touch with your personality, strengths, successes, passions, etc., will help you to clarify your personal message to an employer.  You will have a more focused resume and you will be able to answer interview questions easier and more confidently.

Know your market

Now that you more about yourself, what you are good at, and what your strengths and weaknesses are, you will be able to more clearly define your job search and identify your target market.  Take the time to understand what a target employer is looking for in a new hire.  What are their organizational pains that you can alleviate?  How can your experience make a direct impact on their organization and their bottom line? Knowing who your audience is will help you understand how you can approach a potential employer and how you can relate your personal message to the employer in a way that will engage and excite them.

Have the right packaging

When you buy something at the store, do you pay attention to the packaging?  Whether you realize it or not, you do.  And it is very important.  As a jobseeker who is marketing themselves to potential employers, you want to make sure that you too have the right packaging.  Consider what is visibly apparent to an employer, or even a recruiter; namely your resume and your online presence (LinkedIn Profile, Facebook, etc.).   Take the time to refine your resume, or work with a professional resume writer, to make sure you are dialed in.  Good resume writers will know what questions to ask to make sure you are including the right content, they also know how to optimally format your resume for visual appear and to help pass through ATS.  Many resume writers can help you with your LinkedIn profile as well;  check out our recent blog on that.  Bottom-line, make your resume and LinkedIn profile stand out as they will be your first impression.  Your interview will be your second first-impression if that makes sense.  So be ready for that as well!  Make sure you are well groomed and dressed appropriately for the position you are after.

Develop your people skills

Take the time to read some refresher articles on being a good communicator, and how to listen more effectively as it will pay off in your job search.  Communicating well with recruiters, networking associates, those you may conduct informational interviews with can help you get closer to that job you want.  Part of this process is knowing how to talk about yourself so make sure you take the time to know yourself first.

Know how to interview

Marketing yourself doesn’t stop once you’ve gotten a callback for an interview.  This is where you need to really shine to get an edge over your jobseeking competition.  But do you know how to interview?  We’ve written several blogs on the matter including 5 Ways to Woo Hiring Managers During The Interview Process and 7 Steps to Prepare for Your Job Interview in addition to the information we provide there is a plethora of books, videos, blogs and seminars available out there.  We also offer interview coaching for those looking for some personal feedback.  A few keys are to really understand the position you are interviewing for, being prepared, and listening well.

Be Proactive

This is a pretty obvious point but is often overlooked.  You must take charge of your job search and be active with it if you truly desire to make a positive change in your career.  It’s been said that luck rewards the hard working, and we feel this is true.  Send emails, make connections, pick up the phone and get yourself out there.  Going back to the analogy of you being a product, your activity can be the difference between you as an item that sits on a shelf waiting too long for someone to find it or being an item on an end-cap with high visibility that is sure to catch people’s attention.

Make a plan

This last point is very important.  Take the time to make a plan.  We are all busy people and making a plan can give our job search focus and can help us realize our progress.  Decide what your end goal is and how much time you can dedicate each day or week to reaching your goal.  Set a schedule for working on your resume, contacting recruiters, sending out job applications, and practicing your interview skills.  Work with Define your progress by blocks of time (30 minutes a day), or by units (2 applications a week) etc.  Keep a visual calendar and mark off each goal of your plan or each day that you make progress, it is encouraging and will push you closer towards getting the results you deserve.

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How to Leverage Your Resume to Negotiate Salary

Leverage Resume to Negotiate Salary

Negotiating salary can be a challenge for many people.  It is the topic of many books, seminars, blogs, etc.  You can give yourself an immediate advantage right out of the gate however by having an excellent resume and by being prepared.  Of course, the resume is only a part of the hiring process, knowing how to interview is the other part, which is a topic for another day.

Your resume gives the reader a first impression of who you are and what you can bring to the organization.  This first impression can act as an anchor, framing the mind of the reader to think you are at the low, mid, or high end of the performance and professionalism spectrum.  Obviously, you want to anchor the mind of the reader to think that you are on the top performing end of the spectrum.  This is where you can have leverage.

So how do you make a strong first impression with your resume?  Let’s look at some key components.

 

Demonstrate your achievements and the value you bring

It is very important to highlight the career achievements that are most relevant, relatable to your target job, and that they are clear to understand.  In many cases we include a “career highlights” or “notable achievements” section near the top of a resume so it grabs the readers attention.  Further, you need to clearly understand and define your bottom line message of how you can help the organization you are wanting to work for.  Answer this question: “What can you do, and what can you offer an organization that no other candidate can?”  In order to answer this you need to know yourself well and clearly understand your target job positions.

 

Move beyond the job descriptions

It is important to create context in your resume by letting the reader know what you did in your past or current role.  But what is critical to this is that you explain to the reader what the results were of your efforts.  In other words, you want to provide statements about what actions you performed and what the positive results were for the organization.  Knowing how your actions impacted the organization you work(ed) for will also communicate to the reader that you are not just in it for yourself but for the good of the organization as well.  Resumes that are only a job description will give you no leverage for negotiating salary.

 

Showing your experience

Before writing your resume, you want to completely understand the job positions you are targeting.  This may be no big deal if you are making a lateral job change, but if you are making a vertical jump, you need to be prepared.  A key part of being prepared is by understanding the experience that the hiring manager will be looking for and effectively communicating that you have that experience in your resume.  One suggestion is to read the job postings of your target job, make a list of the key areas of experience the organization is looking for, and then write down some examples of relatable experience.  Do this before you write your resume to give yourself some framework.

If you can concisely capture your accomplishments, define your value, show the results of your work, and relate your experience in your resume in an eye-catching document you will have a leg up.  Your resume will now be working for you.  During an interview or salary negotiation you can reference your resume, for example: “As you have read in my resume I have extensive experience managing ABC while improving XYZ to accomplish LMNOP, this combined with my ability to EFG is why I feel I am the top candidate for this position.”

 

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Tips for LinkedIn Profile Optimization

LinkedIn Profile Optimization

LinkedIn profiles are becoming more and more relevant to job seekers, recruiters, and hiring managers.  According to marketwatch.com some 93% of hiring managers search LinkedIn for recruits.  And even if you aren’t found through LinkedIn, you can bet employers will be search the internet to learn as much as they can about you, so it is important to have your profile dialed in for career success!  Here are some tips we recommend if you are going to optimize your LinkedIn profile yourself. 

 

Get the basics covered

It can be pretty easy to reach LinkedIn’s “All Star” status, which is an important step to gaining more exposure to job recruiters, however we encounter a lot of profiles that fall short of this.  Make sure you take the time to include the following: professional summary, work experience, skills, and education.  To top it off you will need to include a professional profile photo.  According to LinkedIn, adding a profile photo will increase your visibility by 27 times to recruiters.

 

Personalizing your URL

Did you know that you can change your LinkedIn URL?  Most people we work with don’t pay too much mind to this detail but here’s where this it of information comes in handy; as you know, many employers and hiring managers are going to do as much online snooping as possible on a job candidate.  You are going to make this easier for them by adding your LinkedIn URL to the heading of your resume.  But copying and pasting the generic URL that you are given is boring, and long.  You can customize or personalize your URL very simple by clicking on the “Edit public profile and URL” button near the top right of your profile.  It will redirect you to a new page where you can then modify the URL.  We suggest using your first and last name (for example linkedin.com/rickybobby), and if you have a relevant designation, add that too.  This will show potential employers that you are serious about your professionalism.

 

Make it about you, not your company

We’ve encountered enough profiles where people have simply copy and pasted a description about the company they work for without including any information about themselves.  While you have all right to do that, we suggest you making your profile more about yourself and what you do for the company you work for.  Let the world know specifically what you’ve contributed to the organization and what the results have been.  Just make sure you don’t come across as a braggart or embellish the truth, you never know who within your organization is looking at your profile.

 

Change out the stock LinkedIn banner image

Changing out the stock banner image in your profile settings allows you to bring a little more personality into your profile and to help you stand out.  We suggest selecting an image that is somewhat related to the industry or job position you are in.    Make sure it complements your profile photo and isn’t to heavy of a color where it is a distraction.

 

Seek out recommendations

You probably know quite a few people.  Don’t be afraid to reach out to a few of them and ask for a professional recommendation.  Offer one in return and let them know that is will help enhance their own profile.  Most of the profiles we see don’t have recommendations, and while this is a small sample of the population, we may make the assumption that if most people don’t have any recommendations, someone with at least 2 or more recommendations will likely stand out in a crowd.

 

Max out on your skills

You can add up to 50 skills on your LinkedIn profile and pin the 3 most relevant skills at the top of your list of skills.  We suggest selecting the 3 top skills that are most related to the job position you are targeting.  There are multiple categories under which your skills will fall; Industry Knowledge, Tools & Technologies, Interpersonal Skills, and Other Skills.  Make sure you have a good balance of skills within all of those categories.

 

Do you speak a language?

Chances are you do, but you don’t have it listed on your profile.  As silly as it sounds, you should add it!  You can add multiple languages and can select the level of proficiency for each language you speak.

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What do hiring managers look for on a resume

Resume Tips

It’s not always easy finding the best match for a vacant job position.  Hiring managers are bombarded with countless resumes and have such short time to go through them.  So what can you do to increase your chances of success of getting noticed?  You need to understand what employers and hiring managers look for on a resume.

Keywords

Keywords are an important part of any resume.  These technology-driven days we live in makes it particularly critical to disseminate which keywords will increase your chances of getting your resume through ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems).  Take the time to review each job posting you are thinking of applying to and try to find similar keywords, or relevant keywords that you can seamlessly incorporate into your resume, or cover letter.

Accomplishments

Reading a list of responsibilities is absolutely boring to anyone.  Your resume should include accomplishments, facts, and figures.  We already know that you were an assistant manager or an engineer, but so what?  What did you DO with your time?  What results did you create for your employer?  Make sure to integrate these accomplishments and quantifiable figures in a way that will capture the readers attention.  Numbers can be related to sales goals, efficiencies, savings for the organization, growth for the organization, reduction in turnover, number of people you managed or trained, etc.  You’ve worked hard, show the results of your labor.

Readability

It’s important that you clarify your message with clarity.  So many resumes we see are overly wordy, use too many abbreviations, too much industry jargon, etc.  When writing your resume, try to consider the reader; you don’t know how much or how little they know and the more clear the message the easier it will be for a hiring manager to understand.  Some resume writers suggest telling a story, others emphasize the use of bullet points, some incorporate both.  In either case, you want to answer the question of “what did you do in that role?” in as clear a manner as possible.  Don’t get hung up on technical details, they are rarely relatable.  Instead, describe the effect on the organization your technical contributions.  And in general, shorter is better.  Keep in mind your resume is a marketing tool designed to get you interviews.  You can go into more detail in the interview.

Obvious embellishments

Please don’t lie on your resume.  While it is generally acceptable to speak highly of yourself and your contributions, keep your message in the realm of reality.  Hiring managers and recruiters can often smell BS, and if somehow you slip through the cracks on false accomplishments, the truth will eventually catch up with you.  If you just can’t think of the right things to say about yourself, consider working with a certified professional resume writer, they can be pretty crafty with their words!

Time spent at each job

Employers do look at the time you’ve spent in each role.  While it is becoming more common to change jobs more frequently as a way to fast-track your career and earning potential, if you’ve struggled to hold several jobs for more than a year or two, this may raise some red flags.  There are some ways a resume writer can work with this to make it less obvious on your resume but you will eventually need to come to terms with this and consider how you can explain this to a hiring manager.

Formatting

Formatting is closely related to readability in the sense that you need to give consideration to the reader.  Make your resume as clean and organized as possible.  Make sure there is a good balance of text and white space so as to not overwhelm the reader with information. If you are going to write the resume yourself, make sure you select a format that is appropriate for you industry and seniority.  A recent college grad looking for his first full-time job is going to focus more on education, relevant experiences, extra-curricular activities, etc while a senior level tech industry manager will have more emphasis on the results of their professional experience, with much less emphasis on education.  Refer to our past posting about the components of a resume.

There are a lot of resources available to you if you want to write your own resume.  But do yourself a favor, invest the time to do it right.  Your resume can have a huge impact on your career.  If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, work with a professional resume writer, it’s worth it.

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When should you update your resume?

Update your resume

While there may not be a consensus on how often you should update your resume, we do recommend that should shouldn’t wait too long.  Keeping your resume fresh ensures you are prepared for any professional encounters, or job related changes that may (and frequently do) occur.

A few things to consider:

If there is a promotion opportunity up for grabs at your current job, you can be one of the first to take advantage of the opportunity if you have your resume updated and current.  Being prepared can make a big impression!

Waiting too long in between resume updates may leave you forgetting notable accomplishments that a future recruiter, employer, or hiring manager may be interested in seeing.

Keeping your LinkedIn profile updated, along with your resume, just may catch a recruiter’s eye, which could open the door to new opportunities and higher earning and increased job satisfaction.

Are you networking, giving a presentation, or interfacing with a lot of individuals outside of your immediate work space?  Being prepared with your current resume and updated LinkedIn profile can be a great way to make a formal introduction of yourself to let others know of your career history, areas of expertise, and accomplishments.

If the worst should happen and you are let go from a job, you can start looking immediately.  Not bringing in a paycheck can be stressful enough, no need to compound the stress by rushing to get your resume updated.  Being prepared will allow you to get started on your job hunt with your newfound free time.

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