6 Tips On How to Update Your CV
Published: 17 Jan 2018
We know that this is not one of the easiest aspects of the jobseeker journey, but to be honest, it’s probably one of the most important! We’ve come up with a few tips to help you get started and to hopefully give you the motivation you’re looking for:
The look and feel
How does your CV look visually? If you haven’t updated it for a while, get rid of any outdated skills or positions. Your CV shouldn’t be longer than two A4 pages. Have a look at other CVs online; a short Google search will reveal some decent examples. Trends in CVs are changing all the time and people are getting more creative when it comes to the resume. Our top tip is to keep it as simple and as professional as possible. It really is the safest route to go.
Picture or no picture
The safest option here is to forego the picture. You don’t need to include an image of yourself and there tends to be a lot of mixed reviews when it comes to photos on CVs. Don’t feed into the controversy when it comes to your CV. Play it safe and leave the photo. Just think of it as a surprise for when they do meet you for real…hopefully it’ll be a pleasant one!
Inject a little personality
If you’re applying for a highly competitive role, the recruiter or hiring manager is going to see a lot of similar CVs. Don’t go for the obvious. Think about your character and skillset, and craft something that’s honest and noteworthy for the reader. Providing an honest analysis of your strengths will help you to standout and improve your chances of getting seen by the hiring manager.
Research a few job descriptions
It can be very difficult to articulate an entire job role in one short section of a CV. It’s crucial that you get the most pertinent points on there. If you’re struggling to figure out how to word it, have a look at job descriptions for roles identical to the one you do. This is helpful in finding the right terminology for your activities. Look at the job descriptions of marketing jobs you’re interested in applying to and adapt your CV accordingly.
We are going to make this easy for you. Just stick with a font like Calibri. It’s one of the least offensive fonts, it reads well and it wont spark any controversy for the reader. Do not, under any circumstances, use Lucida Handwriting. It’s CV suicide and it will just demonstrate bad judgement on your part. You don’t want to be THAT person.
Don’t even try to update your CV unless you’re truly motivated to do so. You’re going to get nowhere. What you choose to submit will be sub-standard and potentially embarrassing in comparison to your professional prowess. You need to gear yourself up for an activity like this and luckily, we have plenty of tips on how to motivate yourself to update your CV. It’s time to brush up!
We hope these tips have given you a little inspiration and motivation to update your CV. Check out the rest of the 'Cake Series' on the OnlyMarketingJobs.com careers advice section for more tips on navigating the jobseeker journey. Don't forget to check out all of our brand new marketing jobs too, you never know, you might find 'the one'.