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Keeping your CV Updated

by Adam Rouse | 3 February 2015

We are just over a month into 2015 and it is a good chance to have a look back over 2014 and review how the the new year so far has been. This often leads to a mental review of our careers. How was last year? What have we delivered on? and of course, where is it going? 

For a lot of us, it is a time to think about changing positions and with that comes the need to update your CV. For some this may be a quick and easy update, but for others it may be the first they have written in years. Updating, writing or re-writing your CV from scratch is a task that can take hours to complete and can be challenging as you try and remember your achievements, development and journey. 

The easiest way to avoid this situation is to make sure you update your CV on an on-going basis. But why take the time and effort? 

Be ready. However content you are in your role, you never quite know what is around the corner. Insolvencies, redundancies and changes in personal circumstances are often unforeseen. Being ready and having a CV in such situations can give you an advantage over others. It is always best to be prepared. 
The perfect job. You never know when you may be approached, or see your dream role advertised. You may be away on holiday with no way of writing a CV before the deadline and may miss out. Having an up to date CV allows you to react to approaches and adverts with speed, without compromising the quality of your application or the chances of securing the position. 

Keep agencies updated. Agencies are clearly a great source of job opportunities, but whether they call you and the opportunities they brief you on will largely be determined by the information they hold on record. If you have taken the time to keep your CV updated, then it is advisable to share this with the agencies you have relationships with. This will ensure that, even when you are not actively looking, you will be considered for relevant roles that are of interest to you.

Internal use. In many companies, internal opportunities often involve a selection process. This may involve written applications, a CV or just an interview. Either way, if you have taken the time to keep your CV updated you can use it as the basis to apply; or at the very least to refresh your memory around what and how you have delivered; to better prepare yourself for an interview. 

Personal Development. It is very difficult to retain over time all the achievements and projects that you have delivered in your various roles. It is also easy to lose sight of your personal development during this time and how you have worked to improve yourself and your effectiveness. This is a very popular area that is probed and discussed at interview, so keeping this updated and recorded as part of your CV should help you be better prepared. This can also help focus you on your strengths and weaknesses improving your awareness of where you need to develop. 

Appraisals.  The vast majority of organisations have an appraisal scheme, but individuals will be appraised at varying timescales. Making notes and regularly updating your CV will again give you a strong reference point when it comes to prepare for this process. 

If you are finding it hard to write a CV and want some tips and advice, please call Adam Rouse on 01332 542 580.