The beginning of the year is always a good time to take a look at your CV and see if anything needs changing or updating. It’s a great way of starting as you mean to go on, as well as ensuring that your prospects for finding clients to work with in 2017 are top notch.
So, what do you need to do to give your CV a thorough once over? It’s actually less of a chore than you think, and can be a strong incentive to keep the document up to date throughout the year.
At Kingsbridge, we have a long history of working with contractors and agencies, so we’ve put together some steps you should take to tidy up your CV for the year ahead.
1. What’s incorrect?
The first thing you should do is check all of your basic information is correct. It’s so easy to, for instance, forget to change your name on your CV when you get married, or update your address when you move house. So just double check all of the details are correct before you do anything else. After all, it doesn’t give a great impression if simple things like your phone number are wrong!
2. What’s missing?
Is all of your education, employment and professional qualifications information up to date? If you’ve completed any new courses or qualifications since you last checked your CV, make sure the details are in there. Likewise, make sure all of your latest roles as a contractor are updated so that your CV is giving the clearest picture of where you are now. Ideally, you should check in with your CV a few times a year and update these sections then — it really helps you to remember everything pertinent.
3. What’s to go?
This bit is the hardest part for many contractors: asking what shouldn’t be on your CV. This is where you scroll down to the oldest information on there — early jobs, now irrelevant qualifications and so on — and start purging. Obviously don’t get rid of relevant facts about yourself that could help you get contracts, but ask yourself if that straight-out-of-uni job in the fast food industry really needs to be on your CV now.
4. What’s the look?
Now you’ve got all of your info up to date and correct, take a look at the overall design of your CV and think about whether it needs a change. Does it, for example, match the branding on your website? Or is it a bit bland? You could, of course, hire a designer to ensure the aesthetics of your CV are as vibrant as the content, but, you could also do this yourself using a free service like Canva to keep your CV eye-catching.
While you’re refreshing your CV, check whether your contractor insurance also needs renewing. If so, call one of our friendly team on 01242 808740, take a look at our website or find us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.