September was national update your resume month, as deemed by Career Directors International and others in the career and resume services sector. Though we are a bit late to the game seeing it’s already October, it is still a great time to pause and take a few moments and update your resume and even your LinkedIn profile.
While this is especially true if you landed a new job, earned a degree or changed careers, it is true with ordinary employees as well. Once a year is the optimal time to add new accomplishments or achievements to your resume as well as awards you’ve received or new projects you’ve taken on. Did you recently start volunteering your time on the weekends for a cause you care about? Add it to the resume too.
Update Your Resume Annually or Suffer the Consequences
By getting in the habit of updating your resume on an annual basis, you are not going to forget about these little extras that when put together build a better and more complete summary of who you are as a person and an employee. Best of all, when the time comes, your resume will be ready for that next career move.
A professional resume writer’s mantra states that it’s always better to have your resume ready before you need it. Why?
Three Distressing Resume Update Situations to Avoid
Those of us who make a living as certified professional resume writers get those frantic phone calls at least once a month or more during peak periods of business. During these occasions, the caller is upset because they don’t have a resume and they need one. Right now.
- The first dire situation is the result of an unexpected layoff or restructuring. This individual has to look for a new job right away but they haven’t updated their resume in years, sometimes decades. They don’t know where to begin or how to proceed. They are upset about the situation and their emotions are clouding their ability to make sound decisions regarding their next career moves. They are feeling overwhelmed and don’t know what to include on their resume, what to leave out, where to even begin.
- The second anxiety-producing circumstance involves an unexpected buy out or sale. This person calling about a resume works in sales and is no longer has access to important achievement and quotas information that is necessary for an effective and job-winning sales resume. They know they’ve met their expectations but they no longer have access to the details, percentages and statistics for their sales performance. For sales, account management, and business development professionals, these figures are essential in creating a stand-out resume.
- The last type of panic calls we certified professional resume writers get are from the so-called passive job seekers who haven’t update their resume in years but they just stumbled upon their dream job. They want to apply but they know their resume is in scrambles. They are especially worried because the application deadline for the position is tomorrow … can I please help them.
If You Put off Updating Your Resume, You Might Miss out
These are the typical resume emergencies career and resume services professionals face on a semi-regular basis, which is probably where the idea of National Update Your Resume Month came from. September is also a good time because it’s before the holidays and big hiring season (January) and after summer when many people take vacation. The when of it matters less than the what of it; that is, when you update your resume matters less than taking the time to carry out this important career strategy once a year.
Life is unpredictable, and layoffs, corporate buyouts, or dream jobs can come without warning. Each of these scenarios, good or bad, requires having a clean and updated resume on hand. So if that urgent, life-changing career situation happens, you’ll have the resume, cover letter, and tools you need to handle it with grace and poise.
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