Updating your CV can be a daunting task. Many people don’t necessarily know where to start. We have compiled a list of five easy, yet essential steps to update your resume.
1. Polish your resume – Ensure your background, experience and education history is all up to date. Double check for grammar and spelling errors, typos and incomplete or missing information. Once you’re done, ask a friend or colleague to read through carefully and critique the content and format.
2. Fill the gaps – Although retrenchment and unemployment is unavoidable, include short term projects and contract work to fill the gaps to show recruiters and potential employers that you have stayed in the game and continued to improve yourself.
3. Update your skills – This is not always easy. Sit down and make a list of your daily duties and what skills are needed to complete these tasks – you’d be surprised how many could be added to your resume. These days employers are looking for very specific skill sets, the more skills on your CV, the better.
4. Update work history on job boards and social media – Recruiters might run a quick internet search as a background check. Ensure that the dates on your latest CV corresponds with your LinkedIn as well as other social media profiles and previous CV’s uploaded onto various job boards.
5. Update your contact details – Got a new phone number, email address etc? Remember to revise these important details.