The CV is the most important document that you’re going to be taking into the interview room, so keeping it fresh and up-to-date is paramount to your success. If you’re using your CV from 2011, it’s no wonder you’re not getting any calls. Only the most unique applicants stand out in today’s competitive job market.
Objective statements are a thing of the past: replace yours with a value proposition. This is a statement that brands you both personally and professionally. Research your industry and make it impactful in showing your goals and achievements.
Take the chance to go through your CV and remove anything which is no longer relevant. Skills that are no longer current or old jobs that don’t contribute to your current applications don’t need to be there anymore. Replace everything you remove with newer and more relevant information.
Hiring managers love keywords, so keeping them up-to-date is essential to showing that you stay abreast of your subject.
The format of your CV can have a big impact, especially when applying for competitive vacancies. The at-a-glance factor can keep the manager’s attention for that split-second longer than the competition, which is invaluable.
As you should always be doing with every CV from your first to your last, spell checking is essential. Proofread the entire document again and again: a single mistake can be enough to put your CV in the rejected pile.
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