The second Monday in February of each year is also known as "Clean Out Your Computer Day," where many people clean out their old resources and files, not only deleting things that have become unnecessary but helping to improve their computers' speed and power.
Using this time as a reflection upon your job resources - specifically, your resumes, applications, cover letters and any other resources at hand that have been taking up space - can help revitalize your search, where you can see what was and wasn't successful and determine where to go from there.
The New Jersey Record notes that regularly checking up on your job resources is a great strategy, one of the most important aspects being keeping a resume current. In many cases, it's common that a worker hasn't updated their resume in at least six months, if not since the last time they found a new job. Keeping your resume updated and current is vital for a variety of reasons, namely finding a new opportunity or starting another search. It's surprising how much goodwill an updated and professional resume can be in this respect.
Networking can happen at any time
Another aspect of resume updating that can be a big improvement is through networking. There's no way to know when you'll meet someone in your network who likes your skills or your personality and wants to know more about you, whether it's for a new position or to let others know about your skills. There's no good reason to turn down a networking opportunity, but having a resume that doesn't reflect your current status is one reason why you might have to.
At the same time, a surprising number of things can happen in a short amount of time during a position. While it won't happen to anyone, there's always a chance that someone will forget an important thing that happened during a given job that would look fantastic on their resume. Missing these aspects can do harm to your chances in future positions, whether they're comprised of promotions or training sessions.
Having a proper resume, at the same time, can also help a worker get through modern HR computer programs, according to Forbes. This means having the right mindset and right updates on the resume at all times will drastically improve anyone's chances for a specific position by not leaving anything out. An approach that resembles this one will have strong benefits in almost any situation, but especially when applying to larger companies.
How to set up a review schedule
The Record found that the best approach to resume updating is to keep a specific schedule. For instance, keeping a log of things that happen at work weekly or monthly can be directly beneficial. It's not likely a short time frame will have accomplishments with major implications, but even little benefits can expand in time. Reviewing work history regularly will also have a good effect, as you will often find little bits of impressive work you've done in the past. Not only will this allow you to remove clutter from your inbox, but it will help you learn where your strong suits are.
Reviewing your resume once every six months, at the very least, can also have strong benefits. Not only will it give you new perspective and insight about your past accomplishments, helping you decide which ones aren't important and which should be noted with a bullet, but it will also help you determine where your strongest and weakest suits are for the future. Setting up a review every six months will also help you keep a regular cleaning schedule for your computer and resources alike, helping you determine exactly what you want to do in the near future.