If you don’t know something can it hurt you?

“What you don’t know can’t hurt you” is the old saying and while that could be true in many situations, it doesn’t apply to all. When trying to improve something, what you don’t know can actually hurt you. Take for example my career search, as part of all the jobs I’ve applied to I sent different variations on the same basic resume format (design), a format that I tweaked and updated throughout my career history. Then imagine my surprise when someone informed me recently of a resume design change that happened in 2011, I was still using the old design.

I should not have been too surprised. If you take in to consideration how much computing technology changes every year (new iPhones, new software, to name a few) it really shouldn’t be a surprise that acceptable resume design changes as well. Therefore if you are like me and are using a variation of an older format like the one below, then consider starting a new resume from scratch. You can easily find examples of the new resumes by using Google. Either google “sample resume for IT” (supplement your specific current job destination such as “computer science,” “software engineer,” “website developer,” “network administrator” for “IT”) and click on the image tab to preview resumes.


What career related thing have you discovered that you didn’t know?


Backups (quick note)

It’s always good to have backups because you never know when something is going to fail. This can be said of data as well as hardware.

Working on an important document, save it first to your Dropbox.com folder then save a copy to an external flash however while you update the file make sure you’re updating the dropbox.com file. If something were to go wrong, computer crash, cheap flash drive malfunction or is incompatible (Mac formatted flash drive), you have another copy to work off of.

Also have another printer ready and available for a backup incase something happens when you’re working late at night and need to print important documents first thing in the morning. While attempting to print to my HP Printer, the printer threw an error and told to me to visit HP.com for details about the error. It is 12:30am EST there are more important things than to troubleshoot a printer, therefore I just switched printer to my backup printer a Canon, select print no problem.

Backups whether they be hardware, data/files, or plans are always, always good to have and even though you may not use your backups, there will always be a point in time where you’re extra thankful you had a backup.