Because you never know when you’ll need to use your résumé, the month of September has been designated “International Update Your Résumé Month” as an annual reminder for job seekers to review their résumé, LinkedIn profile, and other career documents. If you are asked for your résumé, you want to be able to provide it quickly. It can take time to gather your accomplishments, and you don’t want to forget something if you’re in a rush.
Here are some guidelines for updating your résumé:
• Is your work experience up to date? Need to add your current position? Now is also the time to review your accomplishments and make sure they are reflected in your résumé.
• Check your contact information. Make sure you’ve included your customized LinkedIn URL on your résumé, and any other relevant social media platforms or blogs where you are active.
• Update your education, training and certifications. Have you taken any classes in the last year? Earned a degree? Pursued a certification? Attended a job-related seminar?
Most important, make sure the résumé makes it clear who you are, what you’re good at, and what type of job you’re interested in. You have less than one minute to capture the attention of your résumé’s reader, so make it count. This is the 14th year for “International Update Your Résumé Month,” originally created by Career Directors International in 2001 to support job seekers worldwide.
If you are interested in a consultation, please contact Sandie Seymour at 778.928.8941. She is a certified résumé writer and a member of Career Professionals of Canada. She is also writing an upcoming book, No Job, No Hope, No Problem!
Sandie convinced her mother at the age of two that a set of books would make her much happier than a tricycle. Then came diaries, school projects and heartfelt poetry - a writer was born. Reading and writing have been constant and faithful lovers ever since. This blog is an attempt to release some of the fleeting thoughts and crazy ideas in a place that may become another form of diary, but this time, one that talks back! Would love to hear from anyone who is inspired to rebut, dig further, validate or in any way comment on what has been written.