During the last few months at my old job things were a little shaky. Nothing abnormal, just regular business challenges (its a very, very long story with lots of juicy details (sound familiar?)). Anyway, I remember some phone meetings I had with a board member and former mentor (and friend) where I would say “Do I need to get my resume ready?” His response was the typical corporate-speak that you would expect to hear, “I can’t answer that,” or “That’s not my decision,” or “you’ll have to talk to so-and-so about that.”
I’ve had a year to think about it and I dearly wish that this leader, who had been a very dear friend to me, would have had the wisdom to say “Jason, you should always have a resume ready.”
So please let me answer this for you – whether you have asked the question or not – you should always have your resume ready.
For now don’t worry about creating different resumes (for me it would be a general one, a product manager resume and a project manager resume) – just create one big master resume with everything on it. And go put it into the document manager in JibberJobber so that when you need it, you will have it ready. Having had a current resume ready to go would have saved me one full week in my job search.