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Polish Up That Resume

There’s one piece of paper standing between you and your dream job and it’s time you took notice. September is International Update Your Resume Month so as you’re celebrating Labor Day, take a few hours to inventory your career accomplishments. It’s probably been a while for many of you, but it’s always a good plan to have an updated resume at the ready.

Why should I update my resume?
There are many reasons, even if you like what you’re doing. Maybe there’s a job opening at your current company just around the corner, and if you want to advance, you can apply tomorrow. Or if you’re ready to veer from your current career path, one of the greatest hurdles is getting that resume updated. If it’s always prepared, so are you.

How can I improve my resume?
If you’re looking to gain experience beyond what your current job offers, look to your free time. Volunteer for a non-profit organization or sit on a board of directors for an organization. You can learn new skills while helping a good cause. There is also the option of going back to school. Many schools offer night classes or online classes to accommodate your busy schedule.

When should I update my resume?
Make a task for yourself to look at your resume quarterly. Otherwise, dates will become fuzzy. Note the awards you receive, specific accomplishments in your career and anything that may be resume worthy. You may not use all of this information when it’s time to apply for that new job but at least you have all of the information in one place.

As always, have a friend take a look at your resume before sending it out. You could be one spelling error away from being considered for that dream job.