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September is Update Your Resume Month

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 | Posted in Blog

Summer has traditionally been a fairly slow season for job seekers. In previous issues of “Your Career Advocate,” we’ve discussed how to take advantage of the “Summer Job-Search Doldrums,” and actually use this period to your advantage! Many clients have taken our advice to heart, and have generated great successes throughout the Summer months.

resume success Ford Myers Career Coach PhiladelphiaAs we mentioned a year ago in “Your Career Advocate,” Career Directors International has been promoting September as “International Update Your Resume Month” since 2000.  Following the same reasoning we teach at Career Potential, monster.com stated, “You must be sure that you and your resume are ready for opportunity. Employers viewed more resumes on monster.com in August than in any other 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.”

Now that September has arrived and we’re moving into Fall, it’s time to ask what YOU did over the Summer to update your resume and other documents in your “Career Portfolio.” If your answer is “Nothing,” then the time is NOW to “get caught-up” and bring your resume up-to-speed.

With this in mind, let’s go back to basics. Here is an overview of your resume’s building blocks. Following the structure below will ensure that your resume will work hard for you this Fall and throughout the rest of the year:

1. BE BRIEF: Less is always more! Myers specifically points out that of the four standard sections of a résumé – Career Summary, Professional Experience, Education and Professional Development – the Career Summary section is where brevity counts most. “The Career Summary is a brief statement of who you are, where you’re ‘coming from,’ and what skills and expertise you can contribute to an organization. Five or six targeted lines oriented toward the benefits you offer as a professional are all you’ll need to grab the reader’s attention,” states Myers.

2. BE SPECIFIC: Although individuals should be as specific as possible throughout the entire résumé, this tip should be exercised most in the Professional Experience section. This is where your past jobs, roles, responsibilities and accomplishments are listed. It’s also where most employers and recruiters focus 90% of their attention. The information you present here, and how you present it, can decide the fate of your candidacy within about 10 seconds of scanning time. Résumés that get noticed highlight specific business results. Quantify wherever possible – everything from retention rates to sales achievements, profits generated and performance improvements – by using percentages, dollars and hard numbers,” explains Myers.

Ford Myers Career Potential Career Coach Philadelphia 1-800-972-65883. BE ACTIVE: Myers urges résumé writers to use strong action words at the beginning of every sentence. “Words such as ‘develop,’ ‘launch,’ ‘initiate,’ ‘lead’ and ‘build’ have a lot more meaning than a vague term like ‘was responsible for,’” states Myers.

4. BE SELECTIVE: Focus on information that is truly relevant to your career goal, and edit-out the rest. “There’s no need to focus on your after-school job or accomplishments in a completely different field if they’re not relevant to the career you’re pursuing now, or if they’re in your distant past,” says Myers.

5. BE HONEST: Myers warns job seekers to never lie or even exaggerate the truth on a résumé, “If you lie, you’ll ALWAYS lose in the long run.” Myers adds, “If you find that your résumé isn’t getting the results you want, change it! Your résumé is a ‘living document’ that will be edited and updated throughout the course of your job search and your entire career!”

About Ford Myers

Career Success and Job Search Expert, Ford R. Myers

Ford R. Myers is an award-winning career coach and President of Career Potential, LLC. He is author of the best-seller, Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring. Ford’s firm helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! He has held senior consulting positions at three of the nation’s largest career service firms. Ford’s articles have appeared in thousands of publications and web sites, and he has been interviewed on every major television and radio network. Ford has also conducted presentations at hundreds of companies, associations and universities. Learn more at https://careerpotential.com.

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