September is Update Your Resume Month, but it’s not the only time of year you should be bringing your resume up to date! Reworking your resume consistently will save you time and stress in the long run, while also making sure you are best able to explain the information you have on it.

Whether you are job searching or not, you should update your resume whenever you have new, valuable information to add. As a National Able Network Career Coach, I work with clients daily to enhance their resumes for job applications and upcoming interviews. Below are some easy tips for keeping your resume updated this month (and every month!)

  1. Everything you put on your resume should matter to the person reading it.  If you are applying for a computer user support specialist position, you may not need to include your retail job from 10 years ago. The skills and experience listed on your resume should be tailored to the job you’re applying for!
  2. The more often you update your resume, the more familiar you will be with the information.  This makes it easier for you to explain your value to a potential employer.  No one wants to be tongue tied when an interviewer asks you specific questions about information you’ve included in your resume.
  3. It’s a good idea to update your resume when you are employed.  It’s easier to quickly add in SAR (situation, action, result) statements about your current job while you’re employed than to try to remember when you are job searching. (Pro-tip: It’s a good practice to keep to-do lists at work and save them. You can use them for reference if you encounter writers block when authoring your resume!)
  4. Don’t forget to update your resume with new trainings and certifications as you earn them!  As you add more excellent information to your resume, don’t forget to remove anything that is no longer relevant or less impressive.  Your resume tells an employer you can do the job well.  Make sure your resume makes you shine!

If you’re looking for one-on-one assistance with your resume and job search, National Able Network can help! Click here to apply today!