Co-Founder, Niche Jobs
Your CV shouldn’t only get updated when you’re about to start job hunting, although that is an essential time for an update, you should also maintain your CV while you’re working in your current job. It’s always easier said than done, you come home from a busy shift exhausted from the day and the last thing you want to do is sit down and update your CV. Even if you just make a few scribbly notes about the things you achieved and the team you manage that’s better than nothing.
The current employment section is one of the most important parts of your CV, and you should go into detail about not only the responsibilities listed in your job description but also the additional tasks you manage and any extra experience you’ve had while in the job that could be beneficial to put on your CV.
This is especially important if you’re applying for a job in a different specialism or area to the one you’re currently working in. Transferable skills are a key part of whether you will be one of the few candidates offered an interview.
Don’t forget that CPD (Continuing Professional Development) is also an important part of impressing an employer with your CV, any training provided by your employer whether it’s external, internal, accredited or in-house it’s all valid and useful. You should make sure you record all training you receive, the material you learnt and when you completed the course on your CV.
Once you’ve updated those key areas, you should be good to go. You don’t have to do a complete redesign if you don’t want to, as long as all your information is up to date and accurate that’s all you need. Don’t mess with a winning layout if you don’t have to!
Best of luck with your job applications!