New Year, New You – right? So why are you using the same CV you've been relying on for months, if not years?
The start of the year is the perfect time to look back on what you've achieved in 2018 and update your CV accordingly. Armed with an up-to-date CV, you'll be prepared to grab any opportunity that comes your way and move bullishly towards career development in 2019.
Here are our tips on how to update your CV for the new year.
1. Determine your career goals for 2019
The first step in updating your CV is determining your career goals. Of course, you should tweak and tailor your resume for specific job applications, but you probably also have a specific career direction in mind. Maybe your aim is to move into a full-stack role, or step up into management.
If so, the language you use and the way you organise information on your CV should reflect those aspirations. Place leadership experience and skills at the top of your CV to draw the most attention to them.
You should also think about keywords related to your desired progression. Some employers may use algorithms to filter the most qualified CVs, so ensuring you're using industry-appropriate language is vital.
2. Reflect on your achievements to date
When did you last update your CV? Now, what have you achieved since then?
Unless your career is just beginning, you'll probably have new achievements to include in your CV. Think about both quantitative and qualitative achievements – perhaps you improved app responsiveness by some percentage, or received excellent verbal feedback from company stakeholders.
Highlighting achievements that relate directly to your goals is a great way to demonstrate your intentions to potential employers.
3. Update your skills and experience
Remember to look beyond just what you consider an achievement. Update your job descriptions and skills to include new responsibilities and competencies, even if the job title hasn't changed.
Think about what you've learned since you last updated your CV and add to your skills accordingly. It's okay to remove skills from your CV that you feel aren't relevant to where you want your career to go as well.
With all these changes to your CV, there's bound to be typos or mistakes. Read your CV over for errors, and then have a friend or family member do the same for you. It's especially important to check for consistency, as updated information may contradict some existing areas of your resume.
Your next career move begins with an up-to-date CV. For assistance refreshing your CV and accessing new opportunities in New Zealand's tech and IT industries, reach out to 920 Career Agents today.