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When Should I Update My Resume

ESS Candidate Newsletter – January 2020

Columbus, OH January, 2020

In this month’s, ask the recruiter, we discuss when to update your resume.

Introduction – Aaron Wandtke
Sampling of Positions Filled in the last 30 days
Ask the Recruiter “When should I update my resume?”


We just completed our 2019 review and 2020 kick-off meeting today.  I wanted to share with you some information that may help in your search for your next career whether it is through ESS or on your own.  My goal is for you to have the right job in the right location with the right company.  Below are some big picture takeaways from 2019 that I thought you may be interested in knowing:

19% – Percentage of total placements where the person relocated for the new job.  This was down from 33% in 2018.  As more companies provide remote work and we continue to search the local markets, we anticipate this number to stay close to 20%.

LinkedIn – For the 4th year in a row, LinkedIn has been the number one source for us finding people.  If you have not updated your information on LinkedIn, I would encourage you to do so.

46 days – The average length of the hiring process from when the candidate is introduced to the company until they are hired.  This number has remained steady the last couple of years at or around 46.

Recruiting and hiring changes every year and it is our job to stay ahead of the curve and to keep you informed on the changes as we see them happen.  We have big plans in 2020!  If there is anything I can do to help you build your team or take your department or company to the next level, please let me know.

Ask the Recruiter – “When should I update my resume?

The beginning of the year is always a new beginning for people.  Besides weight loss and more exercise, career change tends to be one of the top resolutions for people in the New Year.  For some people, changing jobs may not even be under consideration.  Regardless if you want to change jobs or you want to stay put, now is the right time to update your resume.  Below are some tips to consider when updating your resume:

Achievements – What project did you work on in 2019 that made money, saved money, improved a process or helped become more efficient?  How long did the project last and how much did it make or save?  Try to be as specific as possible.

Leadership – What teams and how many people did you lead, manage or mentor?  Again, be as specific as possible and write down the results of your leadership.

Define the perfect job – What does it look like for you?  Is there a company, a title or a location where if they called, you would want to speak with them?

The best time to update your information is when you do not need to and can put thought into the right information rather than rushing because someone called about an opportunity.  Take the first couple of weeks of the year to update your information in case the right job calls or if it makes sense for you to look.  If you would like to see a sample resume, please let me know.  Also, please send an updated resume once it is completed.

I can be reached at 614-885-8490 or by e-mail at