Regardless of whether you are actively searching for an accounting job, it pays to keep your resume up to date. Even if you feel secure in your job, there is no telling what can happen. If you suddenly need to open up a job search, it’s crucial to have an up-to-date resume. And, if you don’t update your resume regularly, you risk missing out on a chance to land your dream job.
Without regular updates, your resume can date you. At this point, your resume may inadvertently hurt your chances of getting the accounting job you want. It can cause your job search to go on for weeks, months, or years, too.
If you know how to update your resume periodically, you’re in a great position to thrive, no matter when you search for a job. Here are tips to help you keep your accounting resume up to date — and make sure that it consistently hits the mark with prospective employers.
How to Best Keep Your Accounting Resume Updated
Update Your Resume Any Time You Bolster Your Skill Set
Do not wait to update your resume. If you earn a new accounting certification or credential, update your resume accordingly. This ensures you are updating your resume when your new certification or credential is top of mind.
Of course, when you update your resume, update your LinkedIn profile at the same time. This shows members of your LinkedIn network that you have further enhanced your skill set. On top of that, someone in your network may notice your new certification or credential and reach out to you about a new job.
Schedule Regular Resume Updates
Set aside time every month or every other month to review and update your resume. By scheduling time for resume updates, you can make it a habit to review and revise your resume. Most importantly, you’ll be well-equipped to keep your resume up to date throughout the year.
Along with reviewing and revising your resume on your own, it can be beneficial to have a friend or family member discuss it with you. For instance, you can ask a friend or family member to read through your resume and share their thoughts and feedback on it. This can help you produce a reader-friendly resume.
Utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Thanks to ChatGPT and other AI-powered tools, you can automate your resume updates. Use these tools to fine-tune your resume. Before you submit your resume, after you run it through an AI tool, make sure that everything is grammatically correct. You should also verify that your resume is exactly what you want. Then, you can submit your resume as needed and boost your chances of landing a job that meets your expectations.
Want Extra Help with Your Accounting Resume?
Elby Professional Recruitment is happy to assist you with your accounting resume. We can also keep you in the loop about job opportunities that line up with your career interests. To find out more, please explore our job board today.