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Four essential tips for updating your CV

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Your next job may arise when you least expect it, and in order to be prepared we recommend y...

By David Taylor

Managing Director

Your next job may arise when you least expect it, and in order to be prepared we recommend you regularly update your CV.  Doing this enables you to keep track of your telecoms career progression, so that when your CV is needed you don’t have to remember activities from months or even years earlier. Failing to update your CV regularly may cause you to exclude key information, or worse, sending an old CV that doesn’t reflect your current skill set, ability and progression throughout your career. 

What that in mind, here are four helpful tips to consider when updating your telecoms CV.

1.  There is a basic formula - stick to it

Human Resources teams, recruiters and hiring managers want to see a summary of your key skills & achievements, current role and previous education/training instantly. Therefore, order your CV as follows and don’t over complicate it:

  • A summary of your skills and recent achievements
  • Your current and previous employment details including employer name, job title, dates, responsibilities, and achievements in each role
  • Finally, your education including any relevant training / qualifications

…simplicity is the key!

2. Record only your relevant employment history

Whilst it’s good to showcase your entire career history to date, future employers don’t need to know that your worked part-time in a retail shop whilst studying. List your career experience since you began working full-time. However, if you've had many jobs in from years ago (perhaps you were temping or contracting), then consider listing (with full descriptions) only the most recent ones relevant to the job you’re applying for. For all other positions, simply add bullet points roles, dates and company. Essentially, if it's not relevant to the role you're applying for considering removing it or having a very brief summary.

3. Include relevant skills and career achievements

Your CV should have a key skills section at the top. This is the chance for you to show hiring managers instantly what your key skills are. Having this section updated is paramount in showcasing the best version of you. It’s tempting to list all your skills, but consideration should be given to the role you are applying for. A hiring manager will instantly know how you can benefit their business. Tailoring the key skill section for different jobs may result in you creating several CVs during your job search. However, doing this will be advantageous as it shows your passion for the job you're applying for. This can increase your chances of being selected for an interview.

4. Education and training

Education and training does not finish at school, college or university. Most professionals undertake educational courses throughout their career. Ensure this is reflected in your CV as it showcases your personal development.

We speak with candidates daily and review thousands of CVs per week. If you’re searching for your next job and need assistance with CV writing techniques, we’d love to help. Send us your CV via our website.

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