2) Keep your CV up to date
Recruitment Expert Jeff Hyman, CEO of Recruit Rockstars firmly believes that you need to be ready for any opportunity at any given time, and the perfect way to do this is to make sure you have an updated CV ready to go!
When a recruiter comes calling or a dream job arises, the last thing you want to be doing there and then is frantically editing and updating your CV.
Full of emotions, excitement and perhaps some nerves mean the risk of typos, leaving out crucial information or forgetting to update your references entirely – all of which you want to avoid.
To keep things simple, Jeff recommends that your CV should be updated every quarter or 3 to 4 months – perhaps after every big performance review with your manager, for instance, so that it’s a true reflection of where you are currently.
Two helpful questions that Jeff recommends you ask yourself when updating your CV are:
- What accomplishments am I most proud of this quarter?
- Has my role changed? If so, how?
The answers to these questions can and will vary but most importantly they will help you think about your professional successes, the objectives you have performed against, projects completed and key metrics. If you’ve also taken on any other responsibilities or impacted anyone else’s role, this is the time to talk about it!
Hyman then recommends cross-checking your CV to make sure that your accomplishments and responsibilities fall in line with the descriptions of roles that particularly interest you or the ones that you are directly applying for. By doing this, you’ll show that you’re clearly well-versed in this area and that you would be a strong and accomplished hire.
Some other key things would be to ensure your references are up to date and that you’re honest with yourself about the areas of your work that may need slight improvement. By identifying these things you can work to close the gaps through further training and development.