Why Updating Your Resume Stinks Just As Much As Doing Taxes and How to Change This

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You have survived another dreaded tax deadline (YAY) !!!

I don't know about you, but even when I receive money from the government, I am still completely dismayed by this whole business of "doing taxes". Let's face it, taxing really stinks.

I can't help but compare it to another painfully irritating and time-consuming task that is less than pleasant: updating your CV.

I may be helping people with their resumes, but let's be really honest here, updating resumes stinks too.

There is nothing funny when it is yours and I will be the first to admit it.

Now, being that I'm on a quest to help make the job seeker's life as painless and carefree as possible, by eliminating excess job search, I've thought about the whole problem of CV procrastination. In fact, I have unraveled the age-old mystery of why resumes are as terrible as taxes. There are 5 reasons.

Updating your CV generates anxiety similar to that produced by taxes because it requires you to:

1. Set aside time.

2. Take a mental run at (INSERT the last time you updated your CV).

3. If the last time you updated your CV was over a year ago, you need superhuman mental jogging or even a mental marathon.

4. Write about yourself or try to forge super professional jargon (which most people fear in any way).

5. Be forced into this certainty of life against your will (just like death and taxes).

Fortunately, there are ways to get around this meticulous ritual. There are 2 incredibly simple actions that have made my life easier and will also help you:

1. Save your job descriptions to an email folder each time you are hired for a new role or when your current role is updated. Your saved job descriptions will not only eliminate jogging from memory, but they will also do most of the writing for you because if your job description was correct, you do exactly what it says on paper! (Not to mention that he will likely use strong industry keywords that you will want to have on your resume anyway).

2. Take 20 minutes, once a year (maybe during tax season) to update the changes to your CV. Putting aside a few minutes for continuous updates once a year will allow you to stay on top of your career and significantly reduce the time spent updating your CV. If it was a fairly normal year at the office, it shouldn't take long. If you have experienced many changes in your career, it will be even more beneficial to capture everything in writing as soon as possible. Basically, you will set the stage for a year ready to start again!

So while you wait for your (hopefully ginormous) tax return to arrive, take a moment to consider eliminating the other necessary annual ailment. You will be glad you did!


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