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Okay, so what does the month of September mean to you? End of summer? Back to school? Time to pack away your white accessories?

The answer to all of the aforementioned could be “yes.” However, for the purpose of this blog, the answer is: SEPTEMBER IS INTERNATIONAL UPDATE YOUR RÉSUMÉ MONTH!

Next question: What are you waiting for?

Officially proclaimed by a group of committed career professionals, International Update Your Résumé Month is when we résumé professionals double our efforts in boosting industry awareness and urge each and every one of you to update your résumé, regardless of whether or not you are currently looking for a job.

Why? Because we love you! Besides that, your résumé should ALWAYS be updated. Do not; I repeat DO NOT wait to update your résumé until you need it to vie for a job. Always be in job-vying mode with an updated résumé. ALWAYS!

Why should your résumé be eternally updated? Here are 3 good reasons:

  1. Someone who knows someone – who knows someone – knows of a great job opening that needs to be filled immediately. If your résumé isn’t ready to be handed / emailed / or snail mailed to the person who knows someone – who knows someone – who knows of a great job opening, you are plum out of luck.
  2. It is time for your annual review and you’re up for a raise. How are you going to substantiate your raise eligibility without a great updated résumé?
  3. You do not have a photographic memory. Each and every time you face a challenge in the workplace, take an action that resolves that workplace challenge, and turn your action into a profit or performance result, you need to have that challenge, action, and result (also known as “CAR”) documented in an updated résumé.

So, now you know that you should have your résumé updated and ready for any and all opportunities that may come your way.

Next question: What are you waiting for?

September, International Update Your Résumé Month, is a great reminder to be proactive. Call me, Nina Ebert, Certified Professional Résumé Writer / Career Coach serving clients since 1989. Get your résumé updated today!

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