Why is it necessary to update your resume?
In its simplest form, a resume or CV is a tool to help win an interview, more importantly it helps professionals visualize their career thus far and focus on their future career path.
If you have been with one company for many years, which is common here in Japan, and you don’t have a resume, I encourage you to create one - it truly is an interesting journey.
Even if you’re not thinking about changing your job immediately, it will help you to visualize if you are “on-track” with your career goals. You’ll have a chance to quantify what you’ve done, which will help you visualize what you need to do next to maintain your value in the market.
If you at the beginning of your career update your resume once a year; think with the end in mind (where do I want to be in 5 years), then insure you upgrade your skills accordingly; volunteer for projects, upgrade your skills accordingly, take part in courses or training which will help you achieve your long-term career goals.
Also, if you feel bored, speak with HR or your manager, take on more responsibility, apply internally for roles.
Building a strong career starts today, you can proactively achieve the future you visualize.
When creating your resume, be sure to build it so that it plays to your strengths.
- Date of Birth (in Japan this is common)
- Home Address
- Personal Email Address
- Summary of goals/ambitions (based on your past achievements)
- Career history (reverse chronological order)
- Use bulleted format using active verbs indicating responsibilities and achievements, i.e. developed, increased, created, established...etc.
Since many professionals are finding jobs through online media link LinkedIn, Glassdoor...etc., having a compelling resume is so important to even getting an interview.
We are experienced with creating resumes which reflect a professional's strengths, achievments as well as their goals and ambitions.
Contact Strategic Consulting Japan and we'll help you create a powerful resume!