Timing is Perfect
The single biggest excuse people have for not updating their resume is they simply don’t have the time. We often use this as a default excuse without actually stopping to think about it seriously.
Personally, even when I say I don’t have time I actually do, if I simply allocate my resources differently. For example, instead of catching that extra football game Sunday afternoon, or those beers after work on Wednesday I could have a solid 6 hours to put towards something else. (However it must be more important than football and beer to earn its place as a priority task)
Even if you aren’t willing to give up unnecessary pleasures in your daily routine to have enough available time (free time is a misnomer, time is money and money isn’t free!) the holidays present a wonderful opportunity to cross off backlogged tasks that were relegated as “not important” enough to change your daily schedule yet are still worth doing.
Updating your resume probably falls into this category if you are currently happily (or unhappily) employed, since having a current resume isn’t a direct need but more of a precautionary safety measure. No problem, why should you take time out of your daily routine to work on something that’s more or less a “back up plan”.
With the holidays comes a boatload of holiday vacation, which could range from a couple days to weeks in total, providing plenty of time to squeeze in an hour or two of resume revamping. Remember, every year your resume goes untouched it will be that much harder to edit when you finally do need it.
The “always be prepared” motto also applies to resumes and job hunting. So, pour yourself a mug of hot chocolate and start reflecting on last year’s achievements.
Time for Reflection
On vacation, away from the phone calls and constant emails (hopefully) you have time to visit family and eat some delicious food. This time slow-paced time is applicable for most holiday festivities, from Christmas to Hanukkah to Mawlid an-Nabi to Festivus, to new years, both calendar and lunar.
Across religions the time is often used for reflecting with loved ones and friends, being thankful for personal time and what you have. This is a great time to also reflect on your professional accomplishments.
Did you undertake new responsibilities at your company? Get a raise or complete a huge project on time? Something has surely to have happened over the last year and the holidays are a perfect time to reflect, identify those changes and add them to your resume.
A Fresh Start
Even if your holiday celebrations are strictly family-focused or religious in nature, the New Year is still there and the best time to create a fresh start, after all it is a whole new year!
While updating your resume might not be quite new years resolution worthy, it is definitely worth looking at from a fresh perspective, and refreshed to match a new years outlook.
So the day after your new years celebration or Christmas binge of ham and eggnog might as well get open up that document and polish it up since you wont’ be going anywhere anytime soon as your body flushes itself of the previous nights libations.
Ultimately, what you write directly reflects your mental mood at the time of its composition, this blog post included (I’m feeling pedantic and optimistic today).
Instead of forcing yourself to sit down and revamp your resume in the middle of a workweek, tired after an 8-hour day in the office and ultimately writing a subpar resume try taking advantage of a positive holiday spirit to make the best resume of your ability.
Remember, updating your resume frequently is optimal as information and achievements come and before they are forgotten. At the bare minimum a resume should be updated annually to maintain relevance.
Choosing an annual date to help remember to update your resume is the easiest way not to forget, and since you’re birthday usually isn’t that different from any other day the holidays provide the perfect time for a good ‘ole resume refresh.