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Insights: How to Update Your Resume at the One-year Mark

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Submitted by: WISE NYC Metro member | Less than 6 years professional experience

I have been working in the sports industry since receiving my undergraduate degree a little over a year ago. I know that the context of my resume should change now and was hoping to get some insight and help in editing mine. In addition, my one-year review at my company is coming up and I was hoping for advice about how to conduct myself during this process.


Given you have only been working for a year you probably don't need to update your resume unless you are wanting to look at other roles, in which case, include some key information about your current role. Typically, I would suggest listing only your achievements. However, given you have only been working a year, I would list some key accountabilities for which you are responsible as well as accomplishments in the role. You should also consider creating a Linkedin profile if you have not already done so. This is an excellent business networking tool for connecting with current colleagues and friends who can be useful when you are looking to move on. Also, most employers use Linkedin to search for candidates.  

For your first review, compile a list of what you've worked on during the year, what you've done well, where you think you have struggled and where you would like to progress in the company.  At this point, should have an idea of where your skill set is best placed and how the company works.  Also, it is a great time to get some feedback on how your boss thinks you are progressing. Be open to all feedback and get the question in first by asking, "How do you think I am doing?  Any suggestions of areas for me to focus on?" Accept that they may have a different view than you of your performance, so don't get defensive if you hear something you weren't prepared for. Treat all feedback as an opportunity to improve and ask questions to make sure you fully understand what they are saying.

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Jane Hollman

About Jane Hollman

Jane Hollman has more than 25 years experience in senior human resources roles at large multinationals and sports across Asia Pacific and the United States. Currently a career coach, she helps business leaders and university students think through their career paths. Hollman is passionate about creating flexible, innovative work places and mentors women looking to start their own businesses. She is also a freelance writer covering the business of sports for publications such as Women Talking Sports.

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