Updating your CV is hardly the most enthralling of activities, and it’s certainly not what most people want to be doing after a long day in the office, but the truth is, if you’re looking for a new marketing job, it's inevitable. This isn’t a half-arsed task either. It requires concentration and, in our opinion, hours of careful editing to update your CV to perfection, especially if it’s been a while since you last took a glimpse at it. If you’re struggling to find the motivation you need to do your CV justice, check out our 5-point guide to get you going and find your dream marketing job:
Create the right atmosphere
This sounds totally ridiculous, but for many of us, it’s difficult to think about working once over the threshold of our homes at the end of the working day. It’s important to push through this critical early stage of CBA (can’t be arsed-itis) because what often follows tends to be a burst of creative energy, something someone looking for a marketing job shouldn’t have a problem with. We recommend you clear a space at the table, light a couple of candles and give yourself a couple of hours of peace whilst the dinner is cooking. You can be more productive than you think post-work, pre-bed.
Draft it out first
If you’re a marketing professional, chances are, your current job description reads like an encyclopedia of tasks, projects and responsibilities. Remember that the first draft you put to paper is never going to be the finished product. Focus on jotting all your ideas down in the first instance and write as much as you possibly can. The key to a perfectly crafted CV lies within the editing. Once you’ve listed everything, you’ll find that you can combine points and you’ll realise that you can probably cut a lot of them out.
Keep it short
Nobody wants to read five pages of a CV. Do you? As you move up in your career, you’re naturally going to have more roles included in your career history, but you only need to keep your most recent and most relevant roles on there. For example, if you worked in retail during university and you’ve now had three digital marketing jobs, this isn’t going to be relevant anymore and you need to DELETE it. Edit it down and try to keep it to two pages.
Don’t forget your social networks
When we talk about social networks, we are mainly talking about LinkedIn, but don’t forget your Twitter and Facebook accounts. Most recruiters and hiring managers will check out a candidate’s LinkedIn profile as a minimum. A lot of companies ask for these links up front, so make sure that what you’ve got on your LinkedIn profile and on your CV, aligns. You can’t be a PPC Specialist on your CV and a Creative Designer on your LinkedIn profile. As a marketing professional, your social footprint is important to employers, so make sure that yours is up to scratch.
It’s important to edit your CV to each role that you choose to apply too. Some roles might list a heavier emphasis on certain skills than others, so make sure you demonstrate your expertise appropriately. If you’re unsure of how to do this, look at the job description and pick out some of the key requirements they are searching for in a candidate. Make sure that you’ve demonstrated how you meet this criteria in your application.
These are just a few pointers to motivate you to start the dreaded CV update but we've got plenty of CV advice for you on OnlyMarketingJobs, so make sure you check it out! Simply beginning this process in the first place can be the most difficult part, but once you’ve got it nailed, you can create an account, upload your CV and start your job search. Good luck!