The Best Time to update YOUR CV!
If you’re employed, you probably don’t think about your CV.
But what happens when that dream job appears, and its closing date is 5pm today?
Or you suddenly find yourself redundant after working for the same company for 15 years?
It’s at these points you realise just how out of date your CV is. It looks outdated with the font (I’ll bet its Times New Roman lol) and the layout. Not to mention all the information it’s missing, and you can’t remember.
It’s an unnecessary stress-inducing situation at a time when you’re already feeling under pressure. You sit there for a few hours feeling drained trying to revamp your CV in one sitting.
So, should you be updating your CV every time you start a new role?
The short answer? Hell Yes!
Realistically, you should be updating your CV once every 12 months minimum. Keep it fresh, keep it ready and you’ll never put yourself through that unnecessary stress.
If you’re happy in your career right now, then this is the best time to update your CV. You’ll take a more positive approach to thinking about your future goals and reflecting on your achievements.
The issue with updating your CV only when you want to apply for a new job is that you become stressed out with the idea of updating it and it becomes a mountain you just can’t climb. What happens then? You avoid it, or you don’t do it properly and it needs to be re-written every time you apply for a role which is a soul-destroying cycle.
Adding bits and pieces to your CV as you go along throughout your employment is easier, and it also allows you to be in a clearer headspace at the time of updating it. But remember to keep a consistent format and layout, the worst thing is to have a CV that looks like it’s a mishmash of a range of roles. It needs to be consistent and flow…
Where do you keep a record of your achievements and milestones from your most recent and previous roles?
You don’t? (think shocked face emoji here). The best advice a manager ever gave me was to keep a rolling record of my projects, budgets, and key achievements. She was very clear you need to keep these Elaine for your personal records, so you’ll always have notes to refer to when you update your CV or prep for interviews. And boy was she right!
You can keep a really simple list of these on your computer, it doesn’t need to be anything fancy.
Having a current CV prevents any panic and urgency if you are experiencing a job loss. Losing your job can have a massive impact and the last thing you need at that point is an out of date CV.
So, in short – make sure you’re updating your CV once a year, minimum. Don’t leave it to the last minute, it creates unnecessary stress and more often than not a weak CV.
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