Creating a resume for a current employer is much like dating your spouse after you're married -- yes, you still have to do it. Why? Because in either case, it helps to keep the relationship fresh. If your boss asked for a current resume, perhaps it's because he's considering you for an internal promotion, and wants to make sure you have what it takes. Don't stand on your old accomplishments. Update and revamp your resume to show your boss that with each passing year, you just keep getting better.
Update your address and contact information at the top of the resume. In case your boss wants to call you at home to say you got the big promotion, you want to be sure she has the right phone number.
Rewrite the "Objective" portion at the top of your resume to include your long-term career goals for your current position. If you’re a fact-checker hoping to one day make copy-editor, say so.
Create a list of your current duties and responsibilities, and then cross-reference your list with the duties and responsibilities listed at the old jobs on your resume. See what matches up and what doesn’t. Rewrite your previous job descriptions to sound as if you’ve always been working toward where you are right now. Highlight the aspects of your previous job that relate to your current job. For example, if you’re currently a restaurant critic but you used to work as a line cook, focus on how you cooked with the freshest ingredients to increase customer satisfaction, and how you worked quickly to keep the mood of the dining room friendly. Downplay the part about washing dishes, changing the grease, or refilling ketchup bottles.
Keep your resume in reverse chronological order, and put your current job in the top spot. Make yourself sound good, but don’t elaborate too much. Your current employer probably knows exactly what you do -- and what you don’t do. Highlight any leadership experience, even if you only facilitated one staff meeting. Also highlight teamwork, conflict resolution, record-breaking successes and on-the-job training and certifications.
Proofread, spell-check, edit, repeat.
Have three professional references available in case your employer wants those, too. Just because you already have the job doesn’t mean your employer won’t want to know what other people have to say about you. Choose references with whom you have a long-standing, positive relationship. Include their names, titles, professional contact information and the length of years you’ve known them.
Oubria Tronshaw specializes in topics related to parenting and business. She received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Chicago State University. She currently teaches English at Harper Community College in the Chicago area.