Why do I need a CV?
Even if currently employed, I think everyone should keep their CV updated for the following reasons:
- You may be completely satisfied in your present employment but unexpectedly find your job under threat due to a company reshuffle.
- You may see an new opportunity within your company which needs a quick response.
- You may be working part time and looking for extra hours.
- You may be working but also looking for a volunteer opportunity.
Obviously if you are an unemployed job seeker or unhappy in your present job, then you will have a super impressive CV all ready and waiting to be fired off, yes?
Starting a new CV from scratch can be time consuming, which is why I recommend preparing one NOW!
What have I done with my life?
The answer to that is, probably more than you think. Listing all your employment is sometimes the easy part, but what if there are gaps in your employment? They will need to be explained so think about the skills you have gained during that time as well.
- Overcoming health problems of your own or caring for a family member can mean that you have developed a strength of character and resilience which others may not possess.
- Did you have a hobby or do some volunteering during your career break?
- You are never “just looking after the home”!
Create a timeline
- Make three columns on a new sheet of paper
- In the first column, create a timeline of your life since leaving school, including employment, life events, hobbies started, groups joined, sporting achievements, etc. Just bullet points are fine.
- In the second column, list the skills you have gained from each point
- In the last column, write the kind of job for which those skills could be relevant for.
Hopefully at the end of that exercise you will see all your achievements in one place, believe that you are extremely capable and will be ready for your next challenge!
This post is just intended to get you started and more importantly to help you think in a positive way about what you have achieved in life so far. It is therefore not a comprehensive instruction on how to write a CV. There are many websites which do offer this service however and they will help you with the basic layout as well as giving you more information about what employers are looking for in a CV.
So, let’s have a discussion just for fun…
What was your best or worst job and why?
What interview tips can you offer?
What interview questions have left you stumped for an answer?