12 February 2014 | Neville Rose
Most people keep their eye on the jobs market even if they are not seriously considering changing roles. But what happens if you do suddenly see a position that catches your eye?
The first problem is remembering where you last filed your CV. When you do eventually find it, you may realise quite how out of date it is. That spring clean can’t come soon enough.
It is always worth the effort to take a fresh approach when revisiting your CV. That said, you’d be surprised just how many people don’t. It’s obvious to employers which candidates don’t make the effort as their CV is lopsided with lots of information on early roles and less about the most recent. This is a shame as employers are generally only interested in what candidates have been doing in the past five years or so.
No doubt you will have achieved much in your last few years at work. And all this is going to be fresh, relevant to the marketplace and experience to help you make an immediate impact in your next job. It is therefore imperative to get this down on your CV. Try to substantiate your recent achievements with facts and figures. Employers love numbers as they are concrete and irrefutable evidence of your accomplishments.
Taking a fresh approach will make your CV much more likely to score that all important interview. Perhaps it is time to dig out that industrial strength CV polish?
☛ Neville Rose is a director at CV Writers.
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