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3 Reasons You Need a Resume Now

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Posted on October 2, 2014 by Stacy Swearengen, coordinator of career services.

Courtesy: Delaware Valley College The 2013 career fair at DelVal.

Having helped students with job and college applications over the years, I realize there always seems to be some very pressing reason not to work on your resume—from having too much homework to having no time because of a "Big Bang Theory" marathon. While some reasons are undoubtedly valid, the reality is that there will always be some distraction or priority to divert our attention away from the things we really need to do.

Below are the top three, most pressing reasons you should have a resume now—no matter where you are in your career as a student at Delaware Valley College or as a job seeker.

1. WE TEND TO FORGET THINGS

Statistics show that we can lose up to 40% of what we learn within just 24 hours, demonstrating just how important it is to write about your experiences immediately. Jot down the activities you participated in and things you learned at work, through volunteering, and via internships. They don’t have to sound perfect—they just have to be recorded.

2. IT’S EASIER TO REMOVE INFORMATION THAN ADD IT

I am a huge advocate for the “sloppy copy” resume, which is my term for the document that houses everything you have ever done, right down to the smallest details. This version of the resume is really just for you because its purpose is simply to keep track of all of your experiences.

Then, once you find a job or internship you want, simply copy the relevant information and paste it into a brand new document. No “blank screen writer’s block” with this type of resume-writing because the hard work of recalling what you did has already been done.

3. YOU MAY NEED ONE AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE

You never know when someone will ask for your resume—and when the pressure is on, a blank Word document can inexplicably turn into your enemy. It’s better to have something you’ve been working on that requires just a few tweaks than to have to start from scratch.

If you are struggling to get started on your resume, consider checking out some of the resume resources on the Center for Student Professional Development Center website or making an appointment with a career advisor.