30 Career Management Tips — Provide your updated resume to your new manager

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Sep 16

This month, I’m providing a career management tip-a-day (along with other posts) to help you trigger your own career management activities.

Today’s tip: Provide your updated resume to your new manager.

I have this little ditty: 3% annual unemployment rate, 75% corporate churn.

The explanation is pretty simple. While the unemployment rate may be low, the reorganizations in Corporate Earth happen continuously. In my career, save one time, I had a new manager no more than every 18-months. That means throughout my career I never had an annual review from a single manager more than once.

Consequently, it continues to be important to consistently update my resume with each new position in each new company.

This is the right practice: For each new manager, provide a copy of your current resume.

There are three good reasons for providing a copy of your resume:

  1. Most managers have no clue about your past work accomplishments. Often, a manager, as part of the reorganization, will make tons of assumptions about you and your work that, quite honestly, have nothing to do with your work. A current resume will provide the opportunity to have a discussion about your work and your accomplishments.
  2. An updated resume tells your manager that you are into career management. Most people do not have a current resume, much less one that they provide their latest manager. Providing an updated resume also tells your latest manager that you take your career seriously — and your resume could be out there in a heartbeat.
  3. An updated resume provides you the opportunity to present your personal brand to your latest manager in a way that invites focusing your work on what you do best within the new team. Few people provide their strengths to their latest manager and ask for assignments on the new team based upon those strengths. Discussing your resume positions you early in the new assignment to get work that accents your strengths.

Every transition to a different manager means you need to sell yourself all over again.

Providing an updated resume to your manager gives you significant opportunities to position the right work to come to you and clear out any misconceptions your latest manager may have about you and your work.


About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.