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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. However, what WILL stand out is how you detail 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. Instead, you should not worry too much about listing the tasks and responsibilities if they don’t relate to the new job. A brief summary of the role is enough, and the employer will be grateful for this admission.
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.
Building your work experience is a process which will allow you to create a unique CV. To help you decide how to approach this, please go to – Building your work experience – to find out more.
Update your cover letter
The importance of a cover letter can be 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.
Writing a cover letter for the very first time is very difficult. One of the best ways to do this is to work from some examples. Here are a few examples of cover letters to help inspire you – Examples of successful cover letters.
In addition to the examples above, you can also find help from the University of Oxford’s website. Click here to find out how to write a cover letter and much more.
Use a CV template
When applying for a new job you should always re-write your CV. Writing your application directly to the employer will allow you to address their specific requirements. If you keep the same CV for many years you are going to get left behind. The use of the CV template is on the rise, and with so many job seekers looking to gain an edge, you can’t afford to miss out.
Applying for a new job means you need a new CV – it’s as simple as that. But where do you start? Why not consider looking through our hundreds of CV templates to see which one you like. They are completely free to download and completely customisable.
Designing a CV is not easy – so why bother when someone else can do it for you? We even have career focused CV templates that have specifically been created for a certain profession. With a new look, presentation, format and style; your CV will stand out from the crowd and give a new lease of life to your credentials.