How To: Update Your CV

There is something refreshing starting the New Year from scratch. Whether it’s detoxing with dry January, starting a gym regime or searching for a new job, people always look to the New Year to make personal changes. As a result of this observation, Freedom are spending the month of January helping you get a kick-start to your 2018 in our specialist field; finding that exciting new role. Updating your CV isn’t a large task but can sometimes seem rather arduous so we have broken down what you need to do and how you need to do it, to motivate you to that all important goal.

Revise Your CV With Our Free Courses
Your education is continually growing and should be reflected on your CV. You may have read last week’s blog on some of the best online free courses that provide an educational advantage to differentiate yourself from the average candidate. Obviously your previous degrees and training qualifications will remain the same, however if you haven’t already, add any courses you have undertaken since your last update to the education section of your CV.

Change Your Visual Style
This is the perfect time to give your CV a complete makeover. It may have been a year or two since you last looked at your CV. Educate yourself with current styles and presentation tactics that flow with the job you are applying for. Choose a font and size that reflects your personal brand (whilst keeping professional). Always remember to keep your CV simple, easy to read and focused on the must read information. You want to entice your employer not bore them. FYI – Never include photos and images in your CV.

Amend Your Personal Statement
Your personal statement is going to be the first impression your employer has of you. Having a bad personal statement can be devastating to the success of your job search. The type of role you were looking for when you last edited your CV will likely differ in your new job search and your desires and achievements may well have changed since then; make sure this is reflected and updated.

Update Your Work History
Since you have more experience than the last time you edited your CV, you’re going to have to tighten the summary of your work history. Think of this as a timeline of your career; include your title, employer and the responsibilities you had. Do not forget any accomplishments you achieved during your time there but keep this brief. Do not waffle about your day to day functions; use bullet points and explain them in further detail in the interview.

Don’t Forget LinkedIn
For most, LinkedIn is one of the first places to look when starting your job search. Thus, it’s important to keep your LinkedIn profile up to date with your current functioning’s and responsibilities. A recent study by the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 84% of employers recruit via social media, and 43% of employers screen candidates through social networks and search engines. Therefore, take the changes from your CV and add this to your LinkedIn profile. It’s also important to note you can also apply to jobs on LinkedIn directly using your profile, so you should be using this as your digital CV. Remember; LinkedIn also comes with endorsements and recommendations so provide a link to your LinkedIn profile below your contact details on your CV, so your employer has the opportunity to really see your achievements.

Once your CV is fully up to date, portraying a physical description of your professional life, it is important to inform any recruiters you are signed up with. Recruiters can do most of your job searching for you therefore it is important they are educated on any changes to your career. If you wish to update your CV with us at Freedom, be sure to send your newly revised CV over to or send directly to your current consultant. If you do not currently work with us, please send over a copy of your CV and we would be delighted to take a look.