As the year comes to a close, many of you will turn your attention to your targets and aspirations for the next 12 months, including those relating to your career. Your CV is a vital part of your career toolkit, and keeping it in shape is essential to position yourself for future success.
So, as we plan our new year celebrations, reflecting on the highs and lows of 2013 and looking forward to the year ahead of us, let’s briefly reflect on the 10 CV resolutions we should all aim to keep in 2014:
#1: Update your CV regularly
An out-of-date CV is about as much use as a chocolate kettle. Keep your CV and LinkedIn profile up to date – and I guarantee your future self will thank your current self. Find out the benefits of keeping your online CV up to date with our blog: ‘Seven good reasons to update your LinkedIn profile’.
Target each and every application to ensure your CV represents you in the best possible light for the targeted role. Create a box-ticking CV that meets outlined requirements for the role in question and resonates with the recruiter’s aspirations. Learn more by reading these blogs: You are so beautiful. To me; and It’s your moment, so dress to impress.
Who has time to read more than two pages? No one; that’s who. Editing your CV is just as important as updating it to ensure your document can and will get read.
Check out our previous blog posts to create and maintain a lean and mean two-page CV: Five top tips to get rid of the CV flab and Work your two-page CV to show the recruiter you rock.
Your CV should clearly show who you are and the professional direction you are heading in. Be clear in your own mind; then make the recruiter’s life easier by making it clear on your CV.
Learn how to achieve this by reading our previous blog, Who does your CV say you are?
Your CV is no place for modesty.
Qualify and quantify your experience by highlighting tangible results and project examples rather than dull descriptions of duties. This will help bring your skills and value to life and increase the likelihood of the recruiter wanting to call you.
Click on the link to find out more about detailing projects on your CV.
#7: Don’t let your hang-ups become the recruiter’s hang-ups
Sometimes, life’s events can leave us all feeling less than confident about our employability. Life happens. Set the setback aside and draw on the positive; making the recruiter more likely to follow suit. Read our blogs to find out more about dealing with an employment gap, making the best of a lengthy period of employment with the same employer and overcoming a demotion on your CV.
Before sending your CV out, it’s important to check it, check it and then check it again.
If possible, ask somebody else to check it as well.
Why not use our CV sanity checklist to make sure everything is just so?
#9: Add a great cover letter
Never skip a cover letter – it could be the difference between a fast track to the reject pile and securing that much-wanted interview.
Find out more: Cover Letters Uncovered.
Be mindful of your personal brand, and ensure a consistent representation of your professional self across platforms such as LinkedIn and Google+.
Our recent blog, optimise your LinkedIn profile to optimise your job search, outlines how to make the best of your LinkedIn profile. Another clever use of social media is explained in our infographic, Bring pinstantaneous appeal to your job search with Pinterest.