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Should I update my resume even if "nothing has changed?"

Absolutely! It's important to update your resume regularly, whether it's the resume in your ECS job search account or a resume posted on a particular company site or commercial job board. Many applicant tracking systems - including the ECS/ECIP "Resume Book" - make it possible for employers to search for the newest resumes or those posted with a certain period of time. If you don't update your resume frequently, many employers simply won't look at it.

How often should you update it? For your ECS job search account, co-op and intern candidates can get by with just updating every quarter - ideally before the new quarter starts or at the very beginning of the quarter. Graduating students should update at least that often, but could do so more frequently. Many recruiters look first at resumes that appear to be no more than 5--6 weeks old, because they assume resumes with older dates might belong to candidates who are no longer looking. Besides, if they can find a few good candidates whose resumes appear to be current, why plow through dozens of resumes?

While you're at it, take a few minutes to check it out. Are you absolutely sure that nothing has changed? Is all of your personal information correct? Does your objective reflect your current goals? (A surprising number of graduating students don't seem to notice that they still have a co-op or intern objective!) Is your GPA correct? Have you updated your experience or senior design project?

Finally, if you have been applying unsuccessfully for a large number of jobs and interviews, I'd recommend a resume consultation with an ECS staff member to make sure your resume is marketing you effectively.

"There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction."
-Winston Churchill

Authored by Rosemary Hill.

Categories: Resumes