Is your CV ready?
You’ve probably heard it said before but it bears repetition, ‘treat your CV as a marketing document’, and what is important about all marketing? It’s current.
I have told many people how essential it is to have an up to date CV ready to roll and recently I was required to practise what I preach when I was required to submit my CV as part of a tender with a tight deadline. I hadn’t updated my CV in almost four years and had in fact lost it, so with a sigh of resignation I was faced with a blank A4 page and the problem of trying to calculate what year I graduated. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that half an hour later I was done!
Keeping on top of your CV is important but it doesn’t have to be tedious or time consuming. We recently helped someone find a new job at a government agency. When we spoke to her about the job the deadline for application was the following day and her CV was nowhere near current; ‘I will send you an updated version in a week or so.’ Luckily she was persuaded to bring this to the top of her to-do list (a subject close to Fiona’s heart) and a week later rather than sending us an updated CV she had already been offered the job.