Does Your CV Need a Makeover?

5 Steps to a Total Resume Overhaul!

 

1.) Ditch your Old Style 

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It can be hard to let go of the past, but if you want to make employers see your skills and expertise in a new light, you have to shake things up a bit! If your current CV looks dated and uninspiring, bin it and start from scratch. Starting afresh will give you the perspective that you need to realise your key attributes, and the  best way to present them to an employer.

2.) Back to Basics- Then Build Up! 

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Make sure that you have the basics right! This is never more true than when a potential job is at stake. Make sure that your contact details are correct and up-to-date. Also, make sure to choose recent references if you include this on your CV.

3.) Highlight Your Best Features 

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Often when building a CV, we are encouraged to stick to the traditional chronological model. However, there is nothing to stop you from putting your most relevant experience and most notable achievements at the beginning of your CV. Studies have shown that we are most likely to remember detail at the beginning and end of a document. Therefore, details that are less relevant should be relegated the the middle section of your CV or, indeed, left out altogether.

4.) Embellish and Dazzle!

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Style isn’t every thing when it comes to CVs but it certainly helps! Make sure you use an appropriate but stylish font (no Comic Sans!). Be clever with space so as not to exceed two sides of A4 paper, but try to avoid making your CV overcrowded. For more advice on how to make your CV look as professional as possible, click here.

5.) Show Off Your New Look 

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Remember to update your online profiles to match your improved CV. Many employers Google candidates before or after an interview, and social media is now crucial to personal branding. If you have an online profile or personal website, upload your new CV. Similarly, be sure to update your LinkedIn profile.

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