Lately, in the HR Consulting side of my work, I've been surprised by the number of times my clients are dealing with unprepared candidates. When it comes to senior-level positions, big-name companies tend to get a lot of referrals. More often than not, those referrals have to go through the same process as all candidates (that's all about fair treatment, and that's a good thing).
What I'm surprised at, though, is the number of times my client companies are dealing with referred candidates that don't have a current resume.
Of course, I see this on the other side of the table as well. Many people reach out to me for a resume that was needed, well, yesterday.
Make having a resume – an outstanding, updated resume – a priority. It's your personal marketing tool, and you never know when you'll need it. Plus, being able to produce one quickly is very impressive.