Q: I’ve been with the same company for 15 years and have decided to look for a new job. I need to update my CV as it is 15 years out of date. How can I make sure it stands out from the crowd?
A: How you present your CV is crucial if you are going to attract the reader’s attention within the first 30 seconds and ensure they continue reading it.
To make your CV stand out you have to emphasise the range of skills, experience and knowledge you have gained over the years and relate these to any job you are applying for.
You may initially need some help in structuring your CV as styles have changed over time. One place you can go for help is www.learndirect-advice.co.uk and go to ‘Help with your CV’ for further information.
There is also an audio download on the learndirect website – Make your CV stand out from the crowd.
It’s important when using your CV to apply for jobs that you detail your responsibilities which are most likely to show your suitability for the role applied for – you also need to include specific examples.
You may benefit from talking to a careers coach at learndirect on 08080 100 333 or email your CV for personalised feedback to email@example.com.