It might have been some time since you looked over your CV. Whether or not you are currently searching for work, it’s good to have an up-to-date CV on hand for whatever opportunities that might crop up.
Updating your CV isn’t a massive task, but can sometimes seem a tad overwhelming, so we have broken it down into some manageable steps, to motivate you to that all important goal.
Take some free courses
Your education is continually growing and should be reflected on your CV.
Obviously your previous degrees and training qualifications will remain the same, however if you haven’t already, add any courses you have might have taken since your last update. Keep in mind that there are also a vast array of free courses out there – some with certificates and formal qualifications that you could quickly complete.
Change up your style
This is the perfect time to give your CV a complete makeover. If your CV has been tucked away in a metaphorical digital drawer for a couple of years – it’s probably time for a refresh. Check out the current styles and presentation tactics that align with the jobs you are applying for. Choose a font and size that reflects your personal brand (whilst keeping professional). Always remember to keep your CV simple, easy to read and focused on the must read information. You want to entice your employer not bore them.
Your personal statement is going to be the first impression your employer has of you. Having a bad personal statement can be devastating to the success of your job search. The type of role you were looking for when you last edited your CV will likely differ in your new job search and your desires and achievements may well have changed since then; make sure this is reflected and updated. You might consider altering your personal statement for each role you apply for.
Since you have more experience than the last time you edited your CV, you’re going to have to tighten the summary of your work history. Think of this as a timeline of your career; include your title, employer and the responsibilities you had. Do not forget any accomplishments you achieved during your time there but keep this brief. Do not waffle about your day to day functions; use bullet points and explain them in further detail in the interview. Think Joe Pesci – short and punchy.
For most, LinkedIn is one of the first places to look when starting your job search. For that reason, it’s important to keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date with your current functions and responsibilities. A recent study by the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 84% of employers recruit via social media, and 43% of employers screen candidates through social networks and search engines.
Therefore, take the changes from your CV and add this to your LinkedIn profile. It’s also important to note you can also apply to jobs on LinkedIn directly using your profile, so you should be using this as your digital CV. Remember; LinkedIn also comes with endorsements and recommendations – so provide a link to your LinkedIn profile below your contact details on your CV, so your employer has the opportunity to really see your achievements.
Once your CV is fully up-to-date, it is important to inform any recruiters you are signed up with. Recruiters can do most of your job searching for you, therefore it is important they are educated on any changes to your career. If you wish to update your CV with us at Freedom, be sure to send your newly revised CV over to [email protected] or send directly to your current consultant.
If you do not currently work with us, please send over a copy of your CV and we would be delighted to take a look.