6 simple ways to improve your CV
Whether you like it or not, until you’ve reached where you want to be (and maybe even after that) your CV is always going to be a work in progress.
It’s not something you create on a whim when you’re looking for a job, only to never look at it again until it’s time to apply for another – at least not if you want it to be in tip top shape.
Here are a few tips to take into consideration, if you want to improve your current CV.
- Keep it handy.
Save your CV in a place which is easy to find when you need it. That means, labelling it right and storing it in the right place. If you can be a little unorganised nin your filing system, the last thing you need is to be trawling through more than a years worth of documents trying to find your last updated CV. Keeping it somewhere easy for you to access quickly, means you can easily update it when you need to.
- Update, update, update
Each time you achieve something, for example, gaining new skills or completing a course or qualification, you should think about adding this onto your CV. Anything new you achieve, is worth putting on your CV (if it’s relevant). It’s easy enough to edit it down in the future if they don’t support your application in any way. It’s important you note them down in the first place though, as they may help towards applying for a different job at a different time.
Updating your CV regularly ensures that you won’t forget anything, even small things, when it comes to drafting a job application. Small details are easily forgotten – and they could be the key to landing you a new role.
It’s all in the detail!
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- Don’t be just another template
No matter how much you try to disguise it, someone with experience in the hiring process will be able to pick out a generic CV template a mile off.
If you’ve used a template from your computer, or googled a template and just filled in the blanks, then it will be obvious and shows a lack of effort.
Using templates to give you an overall idea of what needs to be in your CV is a good start. However, don’t be afraid to add a different section, or cut one out if it doesn’t fit in with your own skills.
Also, think about what kind of position you are applying for – if a generic CV just won’t cut it, then use your imagination. This is particularly important if you’re applying for a creative job. Do your thing and get creative with your CV and application!
- One size does not fit all
Many of us find ourselves applying to jobs that require a completely different set of skills to each other. It could be due to the fact that you have many different interests, or that you’re applying for jobs in your current field, as well as jobs in a new field of interest or related to your hobby. If this applies to you, you should have a different version of your CV for different job sectors. Having different copies allows you to play around with the sections and emphasize the most important aspects depending on the job type, without having to edit the one CV over and over. This isn’t to say that you don’t need to edit even when applying to a number of jobs in the same field. Before applying for a role, you should always tweak your CV where needed, to tailor it to the job in question. Remember that no job role is exactly the same with identical requirements.
- The other half
No job application is complete without a cover letter to accompany it. Like your CV, you should have a well-written cover letter, and like your CV, this needs to be tweaked and adapted to each job. This is probably even more important than tweaking your CV since the purpose of a cover letter is to explain why you are the right candidate for that particular role – and get the hiring manager to actually read your CV.
- Proof read
Each time you adjust your CV and cover letter, and each time you apply for a job, have a read through and check for errors. Both should sound professional and should compliment each other. Your CV should be orderly, detail oriented and kept brief so it’s not too lengthy. Your cover letter should be informative and should elaborate on the most significant parts of your experience. It wouldn’t hurt to have a friend or family member to read over them too. They can give you honest feedback about how it reads from a different perspective.