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Out with the old and in with the new – how to keep your CV current
Most job seekers create a CV for their very first position and then simply keep updating the work history as the years roll on. Unfortunately this will leave you with a tired old CV that just won’t make any impact in today’s competitive job market.
Here are some great tips on how to keep your CV looking fresh and current…
Revamp your work history
Go back over your list of previous roles and see how many of them are relevant to the new role you are applying for. A generic list of past jobs along with their tasks and responsibilities is not going to impress the hiring manager, but what will stand out is how you focus and highlight the relevant roles.
It doesn’t mean to say you should leave any past roles out of your CV as a gap would always look suspicious, and instead you should not worry too much about listing the tasks and responsibilities if they don’t relate to the new job.
If you are applying for a sales role then you want to detail your sales experience. If it’s a customer service based role then look for past jobs that interacted with customers on a daily basis, and include scenarios, stats and results to show how well you performed.
For more information on how to write the ‘work experience’ section, please click here.
Update your cover letter
If you are unsure of what a cover letter is and/or you would like help writing one, please click here for some great examples.
The importance of a cover letter can be very underestimated. Ultimately you always want to plan to stay ahead of the competition, bearing in mind you could be up against a hundred other CV’s!
If there are twenty other applicants with the same skills and qualifications as you and they have attached a covering letter but you haven’t – who’s application is more likely to gain an interview?
Sometimes a CV alone won’t adequately represent what you can offer a company, and this is where the cover letter shines. It adds a nice touch and shows how much you care about the position, and allows you to explain in more detail what you are hoping to achieve.