Do you keep your resume up to date?
February 15, 2013 in Freelancing
I’ve not seemed to have a need for a ‘traditional’ resume in a number of years, but every year or so I go and update it some. I’ve only updated the ‘plain text’ version on my site over the last couple years – I’ve not updated the ‘MS Word’ version in probably 3 or 4 years.
A traditional resume just doesn’t seem to be of much assistance in the freelancing/consulting world – my website, blog and word of mouth referrals seem to serve the purpose of providing credentials and trust, and is easier for people to see find what they’re looking for. That said, I do think having traditionally formatted resumes on my site doesn’t hurt from a search-engine standpoint – I get a lot of referral traffic from Google for certain phrases. At one point, I was on the front page of google for the phrase “senior php developer resume”. That translated in to a lot of email from tech recruiters, but precious little in the way of actual paying work (I’m not sure I’ve ever taken a contract from a recruiter contacted via my website).
I used to advocate keeping a resume up to date on a regular basis, and probably still would recommend that if part of your ‘independent’ game plan involved using tech recruiters in your contract search. If so, keep it up to date. If not, it may possibly hurt your image as a freelancer. I suspect having a traditional resume may give some people the impression that I’m just freelancing until I can find a ‘real’ job, and may remove it because of that (or at least not link to it so prominently on my site).
Do you keep your resume up to date? Do you keep it on your “company” or personal website? Do you think it’s helped or hurt?