Celebrate Resume Update Month by Updating Your Own

resumeWhen was the last time you updated your resume? And all those profiles on the business networks?

You’re a professional recruiter, so you don’t need to be told how important it is to keep a fresh, updated resume at the ready. But just in case, now would be a good time to make sure everything is current. It is, after all, Update Your Resume Month.

“Keeping your resume up-to-date is a lot like networking — it’s something you should always be doing whether or not you’re hunting for a new job,’ says author and noted career coach Fred Myers. Yet as that saying about the cobbler’s children having no shoes reminds us, it’s easy to overlook doing for yourself what you advise others to do.

It’s for that reason Career Directors International first designated September as the month to update resumes.  CDI, the trade group for resume writers, career coaches, and other career professionals, picked September because job searching and recruiting pick up the pace this month after the summer slowdown.

To get you started, CDI has a free worksheet covering not only the essentials, but also prompts to jog your memory about important projects, new skills, and other achievements. Download it here.

One of the benefits of filling in a worksheet like this one is the reality it forces upon us. Didn’t learn a new skill this year? Oops. Can’t think of an achievement worthy of listing? Uh-oh. Now is a good time to start fixing those shortcomings so when next September rolls around, your challenge is what to edit out.

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Michelle Riklan, at Careerealism.com, suggests creating a “brag file” into which you put the “good job” emails, hiring manager applause, and similar notes and awards. Learning a new skill, she says, can be done by taking an online course or taking classes at the local college.

Volunteer work is always a plus. Giving of yourself is good for the soul, even if it doesn’t do much for the resume. However, consider volunteering for jobs where your professional expertise can be used. The help of a professional recruiter is always appreciated at a job center, shelter, or at your local college.

When you do finish updating that resume, be sure to do the same for those online profiles. That’s when you can actually celebrate Update Your Resume Month!

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

You can contact him here.

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