Is your CV stuck in a time warp?
By Denise Taylor
Far too many people are using CVs that belong in a museum, they are using the same style from 20 years ago. As you build your career you can’t just add a new job to the top of the list and drop out the earlier jobs.
To bring your CV up to date you should
- Include a headline statement - your top strengths at the top of your CV either directly under your name or in a short opening statement. You don’t need to spell out the detail that will be included in the rest of your CV. If you are a digital marketing manager and SEO expert, start with that, don’t lose it in a long statement.
- Avoid an objective. The hiring manager doesn’t care what you want only if you are going to help him solve problems, make money, whatever is required in the job.
- Use some colour – either in a border or to pull out your name and headings, don’t overdo it.
- Use metrics and examples to back up what you say. You think you are a great team player, you must give evidence.
- Avoid long descriptive task around your duties you need to focus more on telling your career story.
- Start with what’s key – each bullet should start with what’s most important, and can also be highlighted in bold, just like a newspaper headline.
- Use key words related to your industry and the particular job you seek.
- Use a modern font and a clear layout. Times New Roman looks old fashioned, use a modern sans-serif font like Ariel, Calibri or Tahoma. Don’t put narrow margins, you need to have some white space.
- Focus on the past 10-15 years and if you need to include details from your earlier career include in one earlier career section or use this information in a hybrid CV with details on the first page which presents examples against key headings.
Have I missed anything? What else needs to be done to bring a CV up to date?
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