Update Your Resume Month - Part 1

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September is National Update Your Resume Month and I’m going to tell you how you can be prepared for it in this super short video. I’ll see you next month for part 2.

This episode: Why you should care and what ingredients you need to gather.

Thanks for watching, hope you enjoyed it and I pray that you are pushing yourself to do the work to make sure you’re always in the ready position.


When your car is broken, you know you need a mechanic. If you've got a persistent cough, you call a doctor. But you might not be able to recognize the symptoms of when your career is in trouble, or who to turn to when you need help.

It's time to update your résumé when...

  • Your current résumé isn't working. If you're not getting enough calls -- or you're getting calls, but they're for the wrong types of jobs -- from your current résumé.

  • You got a request for a current résumé -- and you don’t have one. If you’re contacted by a headhunter or prospective employer for a current résumé and you’ve never had one, or yours is not up-to-date.

  • You’re in the market for a career change. Especially if you’re not sure about how to position your transferable experience and skills.

  • You’re unsure of your market worth. If you’ve been at your current company for a long time, you might have lost touch with your value to an employer.

  • You’re in a rut. If you’re stuck in a position and need something dramatic to get unstuck, particularly if your salary is stagnant.

  • You need a résumé that stands out. If you’re looking for a position in a competitive field, like pharmaceutical sales or sports promotion.

  • You’re too modest. If you find it hard to identify and quantify your accomplishments to address employer buying motivators, it can be helpful for a third party to identify your value and express what a great find you are.

  • You don’t have time to write one yourself. Which format is appropriate? What do employers want? How do I format the résumé?

  • You’re self-employed and are looking for a “real” job. The “jack-of-all-trades” approach can be daunting for a prospective employer. Target your core skills.

  • You’re re-entering the job market after an absence. Don’t know how to account for that lost time? Unsure which of your skills will be attractive to employers?

  • You’re a senior executive -- and you have to look on paper like you’re worth that six-figure salary. If you’re good at what you do -- and your salary reflects it -- your résumé must match that expectation.

Written by Brenda M. Cunningham: The one who will tell you like it is and help you get to where you want to be in your career.  To learn more about our career services, visit us at www.pushcareermanagement.com