Update Your Resume Month

Photo of a resume featuring a career summary.

With September being national “Update Your Resume Month,” one company is offering a number of tips to help job seekers upgrade their resumes in order to get the attention of hiring managers in today’s competitive market.

Career Directors International (CDI), the company that launched the initiative, said that September is a perfect time for candidates to rethink their job hunting strategies and make key changes to their resumes that highlight their best qualifications.

In order to get the most out of a resume, candidates should first evaluate their current career objectives to make sure that their resume is in line with their goals.

An updated resume should also always include any recent training, workshop or conference experience, as well as additional education, awards or certification that is in line with their new career objectives. CDI said that information should always be listed at the beginning of a resume, not at the bottom.

A resume should always include several lines written in the present tense that summarize a candidates career history, education and work experience.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the national unemployment rate was 9.3% in July 2011, down from 9.7% at the same time last year.

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