It’s often easy to forget about your personal career achievements, new skills gained and how you’ve expanded in your current role throughout the year. This makes for an excellent time to look back and identify the key career successes you have had in the past year and start thinking about your career plan for the next.
As you review the skills you’ve developed, you’ll be able to also identify which ones you would like to improve and develop. We take a look at a few pointers on how you should approach the task of updating your CV to ensure it reflects your career achievements and will best serve you when you are ready to move jobs.
1. Review your KPIs
Document measurable achievements for each KPI, as well as considering the skills you needed or developed to reach them. If you have exceeded any specific measurable targets, then make sure you identify by how much or what margin.
Also identify the skills used or developed to achieve your KPIs. This will help you document improvements in your soft skills and personal career development.
If you don’t have KPIs, consider asking your manager to set them, or set some personal professional goals to measure your career wins in the new year.
2. Get a professional opinion
Speaking to people who work in HR or recruitment and asking for advice on whether your CV aligns with what companies are looking for will help identify gaps to fill. A recruitment consultant can identify whether your resume is applicable and can identify which skills are most relevant to the type of jobs you are interested in.
3. Customise your CV
Having a targeted CV gives you the chance to apply for specific opportunities in a smart, and effective way. Some companies are looking for specific skills more than others so having a CV that is easily adaptable, should make it easier to present information in an order that will have the most impact on the role you are applying for and be more competitive in your job application process.
4. Create an adaptable cover letter
A cover letter is equally important as your resume, because it lets your personality shine, sells your CV and reinforces your talent in line with the job requirements.
5. Format correctly
A clear and neat formatting will ensure it is easily ready and simply scanned. Having a simple font, and correct use of headings and bullet points is an easy way to draw attention to any key achievements and relevant information.
Preparing for your next career step will give you a head start. This time wisely provides the opportunity to become prepared if a new opportunity arises.