There are lots of tips and techniques on writing technical resumes that I will share in the future, but this article is about when to freshen up your resume. So many technology folks do not keep updated resumes. But your resume should not be gathering dust – and it just makes it harder after it’s been neglected for a while. The top reasons for beginning a job search is because you just lost a job, you want or need to leave a job, or a great opportunity has just opened up. The first two are stressful situations and neither are the ideal time to be updating your resume. As for the great opportunity — if it’s hot you don’t want it to have time to cool down. In none of these situations would you want to be on a desperate search for the latest version of your resume with a rushed and frantic attempt to get it updated. I guarantee you will not produce your best work in these circumstances.
So, here are a few milestones to use as a guideline on when to update your resume.
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