Your career is what will earn you the majority of your income in most households. Yes, some people make money in other ways or on the side, but the majority of most people’s income comes from their chosen career path. Given this fact, it is extremely important that people realize that your career is very important to your financial security.
Since your career is your major source of income, you must always be prepared to move to the next stepping stone in your career should something happen to your current job. We had a bit of a scare with Tori’s job when she was ready to go back to work after her foot healed from being on disability. Luckily, her place of employment did offer her a job, but we weren’t so sure that was going to happen.
We Were Prepared Just In Case
Once we saw that Tori’s employer wasn’t moving very quickly to get her a position at her workplace we started to get worried. We gave them the benefit of the doubt and waited many weeks to hear back about where she would go back to work. However, once her return to work date was just a couple weeks away we knew we couldn’t leave all of our eggs in one basket.
Even though she didn’t want to, Tori began applying to other jobs within our community just in case her current job didn’t pull through and offer her a position. We didn’t anticipate this was going to happen, but just in case, Tori had her resume updated and ready to submit with new job applications. It turns out that having her resume updated and ready was a great decision that helped our out more than she thought it would.
An Opportunity Came Knocking
After Tori had begun working at her old employer she decided not to follow up on any of the applications she had put in anymore. She felt it wouldn’t be right to continue to pursue other jobs after she just started working again and I don’t blame her. At least that’s how we both felt until she was asked to interview for one of her dream jobs. She couldn’t turn that opportunity down.
Tori went in to interview for her dream job and they pretty much offered her a job the same day. This presented a dilemma, but in the end we decided to do what was best for us. The new job would advance Tori in her career significantly and it would get us a nice bump in pay which will help us pay her student loans off faster. The new job seemed to be at a quality workplace, so she decided to take the job!
Why Keeping Your Resume Updated Is Important
If Tori hadn’t been updating her resume throughout her time at her current employer she may have forgotten some of the key accomplishments that enabled her to get her dream job. There were a couple specific events that opened the door for her to get her dream job. If she had forgotten to add them to her resume when she was distracted by her job situation, she may have never received the call to interview for her dream job.
When you’re going through a rough time due to a lay off or job loss, it can be easy to overlook some of the things you have accomplished since the last time you have updated your resume. It is even easier to forget some of these accomplishments when you’ve been at your most recent job for a long time.
Take some time at least once a year to add these accomplishments to your resume. It is really easy to remember if you update your resume once a year when you receive your annual review. You never know when you’ll need your resume and how much it could pay off! Be prepared.
Do you keep an updated resume? Has there been a time where it has helped you get a new job in a bind?