Running out of things to do during lockdown? Reviewing your CV is one of those things we all know we need to do but never get around to. Given the current climate, you may have lost your job, be working from home or be job hunting. Whatever it may be, there’s never been a better time to revamp your CV and improve your career prospects.
Use our guide below to revamp your cv while on lockdown.
It’s the little things
Everyday tasks can seem daunting and may be easily overlooked. It’s important to note key admin skills can demonstrate you’re organised, proactive and can take on any task big or small. Chances are if you’ve been in the same job for a while, you’ve probably learnt some new things and taken on some extra responsibilities that might feel insignificant but could still be worth adding to your CV.
First impressions count
Most recruiters spend no more than three seconds scanning your CV before they read it. So its important you give as much attention to how your cv is presented as you do to the content. Length, structure and layout on the page are all important parts of your CV and the first impression it has on the reader. Good use of headings, bullet points and appropriate fonts can make it much easier for the reader to pick out the key information, as well as making your CV look more professional.
Keep it relevant
We all remember writing our first CV, probably around the age of 16 where the best we could add to it were our GCSE results and random volunteering. But that was a long time ago and your experience and skills will have developed overtime. Remove anything that is no longer relevant and remember to do your best to cater your cv to each specific role you’re applying for.
Some rules are meant to be broken
Of course, there are some vital things that need to be on your CV, like your education and experience, but many templates encourage you to include things like ‘hobbies and interests’, give you tips on what to add first/last and how long your personal profile should be. Templates can be a great starting point for improving your CV but should only be followed to an extent, don’t worry if you don’t have experience to fit every part of the template, write it so it works for you.
Learn something new. There are loads of free online courses available through Reed and other similar job sites. You can do anything from improving your Excel skills to learning how to use Photoshop. It Gives you new skills to add to your CV and shows that you have the drive and motivation to use your time wisely and open up to new opportunities.
Words by Louisa Merrick-White
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