The title of this post may sound like click-bait or some late night infomercial, but it is actually true. There is a fairly straight line between keeping your resume up-to-date and increasing what you earn.
- I write a lot about the power of quantifiable achievements on a resume, but the power of capturing your achievements is not just helpful in the past tense. If you are consistently recognizing your achievements by updating your resume, you are more likely to operate with an achievement mindset – seeing and seizing on opportunities to make an impact. That increased performance is what gets you noticed and increases the potential for a promotion.
- To that last point, operating with an achievement mindset increases your potential for a promotion, but only if the impact you make is noticed. By consistently updating your resume you are habituating the process of concisely communicating your achievements. So, when it comes time for your performance evaluation, you can come to the table with a clear outline of the impact you have made, which increases the likelihood that you will get a raise or bonus.
- I can't tell you how often clients get in touch and need a rush resume update because the perfect job showed up, but they are not prepared to apply to it. If you always have your resume at the ready, when opportunities arise, you are prepared. Not only does this mean you can quickly throw your hat in the ring, but because so many candidates won't be prepared, you'll stand out.