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:
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.