In this volatile work world, we all have to keep our resumes up-to-date.
At any time, no matter how outstanding our performance review was or how much we assume our skills are needed, there can be that tap on the shoulder.
After X years with the organization or even if we were just hired two years ago, we could be without a job. Soon enough we will have to fund our health insurance ourselves. And compete with too many talented professionals for work.
That's why, no matter how comfortable and confident we might feel about our work situation, we have to make it our business to keep re-working the resume.
We wonder if we are doing the resume the way the stars in our profession currently do it?
Where can we get our hands on the preferred current templates?
Has what goes in the Summary changed since we last hunted for work?
Should we leverage the buzzwords in our field or be more formal?
How much space should we allot for our accomplishments?
The good news is that ResumeLift.com provides answers to those questions. Free. Essentially ResumeLift.com is a multi-dimensional platform for job searchers. Through it:
We can access templates for resumes in diverse fields. They range from accounting and engineering to retail and sales. Yes, each line of work has its own kind of "rules" for how we are to present ourselves on paper.
Ask what we really need to know. Too much of the job search advice out there is 20th-century, generic and unduly optimistic.
Access research about trends in industries and career paths. Here is an example.
Create and edit our resumes online, in real time. We can think of the process as Lego Blocks for adults. We can keep reconfiguring the elements until we get it perfect, at least for the time being.
Build our cover letter, online and in real time. From the resume we can derive the elements we need for a cover letter which differentiates us from the other 300 professionals who answer a help-wanted.
And more. We can visit the website and explore how we can use this tool for our unique job search.
Way back in the 1970s, long before the hunt for good jobs became a dogfight, an amazing career guide was published. That was and still is "What Color Is Your Parachute?" Every year a new edition is on the market.
In the book, the author Richard Bolles documents that the person who is hired is not necessarily the most qualified. It's the person who is most skilled at applying for work.
We can be that "most skilled" person in 2017.