Part 1: Keep it Fresh!
So, you are looking for a new job – got bored with your current one or because you just came out in one piece at the other end of the nappy changing tunnel and it is finally time to get back on the career ladder or maybe, just maybe you decided that your current white collar position is not for you any longer and you prefer swinging a sledge hammer for a while – GREAT! Good for you J but where to start from you will probably ask? Please follow our new series of tips on how to make a brilliant record of your employment life history.
First things first; it is time to unearth that CV you started writing 4 years ago but never got round to finish because you got side-tracked. Make sure it is up-to-date before applying for a new job. No future employer or recruiter wants to see a CV that says you disappeared 5 years ago. Let us face it, unless you have been recruited by MI5 or MI6, your new boss will want to know what you did since the last job you listed on your CV. The most important factor to keep in mind is to keep it up-to-date because gaps will show you lack of commitment and lack of effort put into finding a job. If you have been unemployed for a long period of time because at the time it was decided that you would rather look after your cute rug rat or an elderly family member – mention it on your CV as well because contrary to popular believe, employers and recruiters are human!
There is nothing worse than giving a potential employer an outdated CV. It makes you look unprofessional and lazy! Make a conscious effort when writing your CV. If you want your CV to work for you, you need to do your job first!
Please, stay tuned for the next part in the series.