When Should You Update Your Resume? As Soon As You Start The New Job!

Posted: 8/14/2013

By: Elias Cobb, Quantix Recruiting Manager

Upon finding a shiny new position, many people immediately shelve their resumes and all networking efforts. This is 180 degrees from what you should be doing! As soon as you start your new job, update your resume! I know that when you start a new job, the last thing you want to think about is looking for yet ANOTHER job. But you and I both know that you won't be there forever! Keeping your network warm is absolutely necessary for that next time.

You don't want to get laid off, only to have to spend a month fine tuning your resume and trying to remember all of the projects that you worked on. Add them to your resume as you go instead of waiting until you need your resume. Similarly, you don't want to only network with people when YOU need a job. Effective networking means interacting with people on an ongoing basis with a back-and-forth dialogue.

Now, I'm not saying to put your resume out there on Monster and/or DICE as an active job seeker. Instead, I am saying that you should update your LinkedIn profile and keep updating it as your job changes over time. Here's what else you should be doing when you start that new dream job:

1) Keep your resume current. This includes new skills, new projects and new accomplishments. LinkedIn is a fantastic way to do this, as you can keep your resume current and updated and it won't appear as if you are looking for a new job.

2) Ask for recommendations and references. This means getting recommendations on LinkedIn, letters of recommendation and most importantly, personal contact information from your past peers and managers. If you don't, how will you find that manager when they leave your last employer?

3) Immediately connect with your new coworkers on LinkedIn. Sure, they won't be the ones to help you get out of there right now, but let's say you work very closely with someone for a year or two and they leave. More time passes and now you're looking...perhaps you should ping this former coworker? Of course you should! But it's easier to start this connection while you are working together and helping each other instead of waiting until you need them.

4) Connect with a bunch of recruiters, ideally ones with whom you have spoken. Why? Because connecting with recruiters is a sure fire hint you are looking for a job (yes, I have heard of HR groups that keep an eye on this sort of thing). However, connecting with a bunch of recruiters right when you first start a new job looks more like you are connecting with the people who helped you. Now, when you do need to look, you already have a network of recruiters!

5) Continue going to networking meetings such as user groups. Ideally, many of these people will work for companies other than the one you work for and if you ever need to move on, you can touch base with them. Again, it's much harder to ask someone to refer you when they know you only as, "The guy who shows up at meetings when he needs a job."