“On Deck” means:
- prepared to act or work; read
- to have something readily available or within reach
I’ve been a bit of a procrastinator in all things lately so I can totally relate to everyone out there that has been putting off writing their resume. When you know something is going to take a little extra effort and a good chunk of your time while not being a lot of fun it can be easy to find ways to avoid getting down to business and completing the dreaded task.
The point of this week’s article is to strongly encourage you to stop procrastinating and get to work on creating a resume that will be ready to work for you at a moment’s notice. Typically, the chain of events goes something like this:
- See an opening for a great position that you would be perfect for.
- Race home and quickly throw together a resume.
- Send off the resume lickety-split because you are so excited.
- Remember that project you did that saved the company tons of money.
- Smack head in frustration because you forgot to include it on your resume.
- See a typo that you missed because you were in such a hurry to get your resume finished.
- Smack head on desk as you notice another typo.
- Resolve to be better prepared next time.
Has this ever happened to you? Too often we only get to work on creating a resume when we are presented with an opportunity – a new position, a promotion, or a meet up with an industry contact. I am here to tell you that you need to reverse this way of thinking. You should have a resume ready at all times so that you will not be caught unprepared. More preparation equals less frustration when you want to jump on a new opportunity.
I will always recommend that you tailor your resume as much as possible for each particular position, so it would be very difficult to have a resume 100% ready to go at all times. But in order to avoid the scrambling and related mistakes that come with rushing to put together a resume you should create a comprehensive resume that you can easily modify for each position.
Now when an opportunity presents itself you can easily pull up your document, see your entire career at a glance, and copy and paste the relevant information into a resume focused entirely for the position you are applying to.
This proactive preparation ensures that you are using the most accurate and up to date information, you’re not overlooking essential details, and you are submitting the best possible document for the position.
by Megan Koehler