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5 Simple Yet Powerful Ways to Update your CV

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Just like handing in your notice, dealing with emergency tax or trying to figure out where your P45 is, no one enjoys updating a CV. No matter how long it’s been since you did it before it can be hard to know where to start.

In Cpl, we receive hundreds of CVs every day. We know what works, what doesn’t and what will get you noticed by employers for the right reasons.

If you’re thinking of updating your CV there are some simple, yet powerful, things you can do. We’ve listed them for you below, and if you have any more questions you can always get in touch with one of our specialist recruiters.

1. Get inspired by your LinkedIn

When you’re not actively looking for a job, you’re unlikely to open your CV and update it each time you have success in work. However, you’re a lot more likely to add updates to your LinkedIn profile in real time.

When the time does come when you’re searching for a job review your LinkedIn and see if there’s any good info there that could be added to your CV. You might be surprised at how reading through your own professional history can jog your memory.

2. Simplify the structure of your CV

How you present a CV can have a big impact. You want your CV to be as readable as possible, and easy to digest at a glance. To do this use:

  • A regular font – Calibri (Body), Arial or Veranda are all good options
  • Bullet points instead of paragraphs and numerals instead of written numbers
  • Headings and bold text to make important information stand out
  • List information in chronological order
  • Save your CV as a Word doc, not a PDF

Put time into simplifying format and design and you’ll create a CV that can be easily read by a recruiter or potential employer.  Hiring managers tend to prefer a simple CV, so save yourself time and focus on content rather than design.

3. Emphasise achievements

Avoid including unnecessary and lengthy details, instead emphasise results and achievements rather than daily tasks. A CV should highlight skills that make you attractive to interview.

This could be successful projects you worked on, awards you have won or any impactful problems that you solved. Again, use specific examples that showcase your technical knowledge, and stats and figures that clearly back your achievements up.

4. Update your education section

Continuous learning is becoming more and more important, so don’t forget to update your education section with any relevant courses you’ve completed during your career. For example:

  • Online courses
  • Night classes
  • Internal training programmes
  • Certifications

By keeping your education up to date, you are showing your commitment to continuous learning and a passion for the industry you work in and the work you do.

5. Write a simple to the point Bio

It might seem old fashioned or unnecessary, but a good bio can make all the difference. Distinguish yourself from other candidates by telling your prospective employer who you are, what you do and what your objectives are for your next role. If you don’t know where to start here are some things to consider mentioning:

  • Why do you do what you do?
  • What’s your current role?
  • Any notable accomplishments that are relevant to the job you’re applying for
  • Depending on the company/job – something a little more personal that shows you’re a good cultural fit

When writing your bio keep it concise and always edit with the position you’re applying for in mind.

Updating your CV in 2020

Taking the time to update your CV properly could mean the difference between landing a job interview or not. Spend time on it.

Another old but good CV tip is to list your achievements, big and small on a piece of paper or word doc. This will help you to recognise the value in things you’ve done that you might have forgotten about. Things like training new staff, organising schedules, handling cash and so on.

You can then use this brainstorm as a base for updating your CV with any relevant points and accomplishments. Finally, remove any outdated skills or information you no longer want to highlight and proofread then proofread again.

If you are still unsure about how to go about updating your CV download our CV Handbook or if you would like to chat about job opportunities, get in touch – one of our recruiters would be happy to advise.