Tips on updating your cv

Your resume doesn’t need to be visually arresting (unless you’re applying to be a designer or other art- or design-focused role). Readability is important—that means using a standard font and plenty of white space.

And while a resume template can be very helpful, you can also tweak it a bit so it doesn’t look exactly like all the other resumes the human resources department flips through.

Here are a few ways to explain these gaps in the best way.

Your CV is the first opportunity you get to make a lasting and positive impression on your potential future employer.

Whether you’re looking for a change in career or simply need to make an update, we’d recommend updating your CV every 1-2 years to include your latest experiences and any new skills.

Having looked at many CV’s when hiring people for roles, I think I have a good idea of what to include and exclude (although I’m far from an expert – if you want to chat to an expert, visit a recruitment agency and they can help).

This may mean, in some cases, moving sections around.

Once you’ve had several jobs, for instance, your education probably belongs at the bottom of the page, not the top.

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That’s understandable: A total overhaul sounds daunting and time-consuming.

Do you have any unexplained ‘black holes’ on your CV?

Hiring managers know exactly what their looking for when analysing your CV and will make their mind up about whether your application is a yes or a no in approximately 30 seconds.

Print it out, and make sure these adjustments haven’t made your resume a challenge to read and scan through.

Your filename should not be “resume”—you may only have one document on your computer with that name, but recruiters and hiring managers could have hundreds of documents with that filename.

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