Updating resume

Key to being ready for a new job is having your resume updated. If you haven’t looked at it during the last six months, it’s time to dust it off and give it an upgrade — even if you’re not in job search mode.I suggest having a master resume that holds all your career-related information. Let it grow over the years into as many pages as you need to hold all your info. Things are finally looking up in the world of work.

Then, when you apply for a job, use your master resume to create a target resume that contains only what’s relevant to that job objective.

With your up-to-date master resume in hand, you’ll never have to scratch your head over what date something happened or the exact spelling of an employer’s name or other such details. Here are things to think about adding to your master resume for 2014 (and each year after).

Things like changing the batteries in your smoke detectors, checking the oil in your car, and getting your sweetheart a gift on her birthday.

On it, create a list of potential references with their contact info.

This list will come in handy down the road when you want to ask them to serve as references for your new job search.