Ch. 16: CV maintenance

In this chapter you will:

• understand why keeping your CV fresh is so important

• follow the checklist to regularly update your CV

However you prepared your CV and got it ready to use, whether it was all your own work or done with help from friends or a professional CV writer, don't just say ‘thank goodness that's over’ once you get the job you are after. A CV should not be chucked into a drawer or archived on your computer as soon as you open the champagne, only to be left gathering dust until you suddenly need it again.

Your CV is the key to all sorts of opportunities and to some extent can determine your career success and earning potential. It has the power to fundamentally change your life and should be treated accordingly.

Your CV is alive

Think of your CV as a puppy. Or kitten, if you’re a cat person. When your CV is young, you adore it. You lavish attention on it you pick it up, stroke it and show it proudly to other people.
When it becomes old, you take it for granted and don’t fuss over it any more.

If you ignore your CV and leave it shut away for long periods of time, it will quickly start to look scruffy. Granted, it won’t pee on your carpet or chew the sofa (pity, as that would be a great incentive), but it’s guaranteed to take much longer to respond to you when you do finally pay it some attention.

To keep a CV happy, you need to regularly check on it: groom it, feed it, and clean it out. It needs your love. OK, that’s about as far as this analogy will go, but hopefully it’s made the point. CVs need to be checked more than just every few years when you apply for another job.

Regular CV checkups

Ideally, you should re-read (and add to) your generic CV a minimum of every six months. More often is fine; by all means update it as often as there is a change to make. Current examples of all your skills are quicker and easier to add if you do it regularly. Thinking of good examples a year or two down the line can be very hard; if you lose your job and need your CV ready straight away, it can be even harder. A regular refresh means you can delete obsolete examples and remove any out of date or irrelevant information.

Revisiting your CV every few months also helps you to keep better tabs on the new skills and qualifications you are adding. If you haven’t put anything new into your CV for six months or a year, maybe it's about time to look into that training course you were thinking about, to ask for more responsibility, to go for promotion – or even to find a new job...

The extract above has been taken from 'Get That Job With the Right CV'
Copyright © 2010 Julie Gray

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