Tips on updating your cv

Your CV, short for , is a personal marketing tool used to sell yourself to prospective employers.

Your CV needs to be clearly focussed and formatted for scanning, placing the most recent and important information at the top and using sections with headings to break up the text. I sent my glistening new creation to a trusted friend for feedback, and on the other end of the email, I got…crickets. Things change FAST these days, and my two-page behemoth wasn’t cutting it. Luckily, updating my resumé for 2014 didn’t have to be that hard. These days, potential employers still want to be able to skim your resumé for the important stuff. Or, ditch that paragraph entirely and use up that space to show your accomplishments, saving the explanations for the cover letter. I left college less than 5 years ago, but I was already displaying dinosaur-like tendencies. And sure, resumés have changed since I took “Intro to Professional Writing” as a freshman, but my sunny, graphic take on the new resumé had missed the mark. Sure, being succinct was always important on resumés. Instead of talking about your objectives, give a brief “so what” statement about who you are and what makes you right for the job.Instead of using space to highlight your school accomplishments, focus on what you’ve done since then.If you did astoundingly well in school, use terms instead of numbers, like “summa cum laude” or “with Honors.” Good news.

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